Martin Hennessy – U Drive School of Motoring

Charleville Co. Cork is home to numerous businesses from professional services to your everyday shopping needs. This week we meet up with Martin Hennessy from Charleville who started U Drive School of Motoring a number of years ago.

About Martin

Martin decided to set up his own driving school because he always wanted to work in this area in particular and always liked working with people. Martin spotted a gap in the market at the time when over 200,000 people were waiting to do their test at a time when a new law was introduced. This meant learners and those on provisional licences needed to have a fully licenced driver sitting beside them when driving. People felt under pressure to get their full licence which led to a big back log of people waiting to do their test.

 Martin seized this opportunity, he felt he was in a great central location by being in Charleville as at that time he was able to cover five test centres.  Martin was working on a part-time basis for a catering company when he first started up U Drive School of Motoring but when he built up such a great pass rate, he just couldn’t keep the two jobs going so he had to walk out of the catering company and concentrate fully on the driving school.

U Drive School of Motoring

U Drive School of Motoring is a registered driving school affiliated with the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and their target markets would consist of anyone that wants to take their driving test in Newcastle West, Mallow and Limerick as well as surrounding areas. Martin has clients from all over Cork, Limerick and Kerry. The school is approved by the RSA to instruct and give tuition in car, car and trailer, rigid truck and artic.

What makes U Drive School of Motoring different?

Martin believes that treating everyone individually is very important and works on this basis to provide the tuition required tailored to each person’s needs. Martin provides a friendly service with a unique systematic detail to detail approach with full time day, evening and weekend instruction. Clients can use a modern dual control car or their own car and car hire is available for test and is fully insured. Early morning driving lessons are also offered at U Drive School of Motoring for greater convenience, meaning that clients can take their lessons on the way to school or work.

Did you make any changes your business over the years?

The only change that was made to the business over the years was supplying an extra service through adding Gift Vouchers to the product range. Martin found that a lot of his customer base were asking for Gift Vouchers for their family/friends. He felt it would be an ideal opportunity to satisfy his customers’ needs.

Is e-commerce is a big part of their business?

At the moment Martin does not rely on e-commerce to sell or advertise his driving school; however he does use Facebook marketing to add to his professional reputation by sharing all the latest updates from the RSA and giving his clients extra tips to help them pass their test first time.

He has recently signed up to to help create more awareness of the excellent service that he provides to all his clients.

Why not make sure you have the highest possible chance of passing your test by learning from the best in the business.  An excellent 98% proven pass rate and professional, friendly and patient tuition. Martin is locally based and has a modern dual-control lessons vehicle to help build confidence while learning. Feel free to contact him by phone on 0872813387.

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2 Responses to Martin Hennessy – U Drive School of Motoring

  1. Gerard says:

    What was that stunt u pulled outside the graveyard in Newcastle west this morning about ??? Using an indicator to stop dead in the road . You are ment to use twin flashers when stopped very lucky you didn’t cause a serious crash a disgrace . Il be waiting a reply

    • admin says:


      This is the Charleville Chamber of Commerce email address. Unfortunately we dont have an email for U Drive but you can reach them on 087 2813387.



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