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Lori Neiger
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September 13, 2021 2:55 pm  

@countydonegal good luck! This is an annoying step for sure, the theory test. But the app actually makes it very doable

I would also find a driving instructor - as according to mine - 1/3 left the work force due to covid. Maybe someone can give you recommendations. May not be as big an issue on the west side. At least six lessons will be needed. Good to have some names. 

We have a local expat group that I asked. People with kids getting their lessons are a good resource as well.

Also - get a manual test and not an automatic - gives more options later. 

Good luck. hope no sheep questions trip you up. 🙂


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JOHN HOGAN
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September 13, 2021 3:21 pm  

@laneiger Well, I've never heard of a "Zebra Crossing" so that was a learning moment!

Can you clarify what you mentioned: "Also - get a manual test and not an automatic - gives more options later."  I'm not following 🙁

Thank you!!


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Lori Neiger
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September 13, 2021 3:27 pm  

@countydonegal 

Ireland allows you do to the driving test in an automatic - which means your license is only good for an automatic.  This can be very limiting... so you want to take lessons and the driving test on a manual - giving total freedom 


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JOHN HOGAN
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September 13, 2021 3:31 pm  

@laneiger Ok, got it!  Many thanks!  I'll be renting a car initially (automatic) and hope to buy a car as soon as possible. It's my understanding that I can do the driving lessons in a rental but I need to own a car for the driving test.  Is that correct?

 


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Lori Neiger
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September 14, 2021 1:40 am  

I am using the instructor's car to take lessons and do the exam.

I do not know if there are any restrictions on rental versus owning one for the exam. 


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Jeanine C
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September 14, 2021 1:54 am  

It is my understanding that you can take lessons on a rental, but you cannot take the test on a rental.  My instructor allowed lessons and tests on his car.  I had purchased my car (manual), so did do my lessons and test on a manual to have the bases covered 


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JOHN HOGAN
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September 14, 2021 4:29 am  

@laneigerThanks, Lori!! You've been very helpful.  Much appreciated!!


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JOHN HOGAN
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September 14, 2021 4:30 am  

@jaconaty1 Thanks, my friend!!


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JOHN HOGAN
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September 18, 2021 11:00 am  

Great news!! I received my Stamp 0 approval! I submitted my request and documentation in mid-July, so I wasn't expecting the approval until mid/late Oct, at the earliest. But, I'm elated and very relieved and can't wait to get on that plane on 11/1 and start my new adventure in Clifden, County Galway!! This has been a very helpful group and I feel fortunate to have discovered this site nearly 12 months ago!  Everyone's input, guidance, recommendations, and support has been so very much appreciated! Thank you everyone!!  


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Lori Neiger
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September 18, 2021 11:59 pm  

@countydonegal That is fab! 

I am sure such a relief, pop the bubbles!

Can I suggest, to make your life a bit easier next year, ensure you have all your documents electronically, and hard copies, good to scan everything for easy access for the annual renewal, which always seems to come too soon!

It is a simpler process requiring fewer documents (thank goodness)

John, Jeanne and I keep in touch on issues that seem to arise as we live our best lives here in Ireland. Reach out if you need anything else! 

Congrats. 

 


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