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My Favourite Drive: Paul Linders on the happiness of the school run

With three smiling faces in the back. Well, mostly smiling.


Journeys, even everyday ones, can mean a lot. Paul Linders is Dealer Principal at Linders Renault and Dacia. As someone with a passion for motoring, he told TheJournal.ie about the drive that means most to him.

First off – describe the drive. 

I probably should say something like, driving a brand new Renault across the Sally Gap. But it would be nonsense. To be honest, I drop my kids to school every morning, and there’s no doubt that’s my favourite drive.

My two girls are 7 and 5 and my youngest boy is 4. lt’s not a long drive, the whole thing takes maybe half an hour, through Rathmines and down Dunville Avenue. But it’s about as comedic a start to the day as you could ask for.

They’re very conscious of my job, so we spend a lot of that time looking out the window looking for Renaults. At least my little boy does. He can’t read, but he can identify every make of car from the shape of the badge on the front. I was the same little boy, actually.

So he spots them, and then his older sister, who’s seven, looks at the sticker in the back window and tells him if it’s one of ours or not. And if it’s someone else’s, it’s ‘Why Dad? Why?’

What makes this particular drive special to you?

Generally I’m home from work at about 7, and they go to bed at about 7.30, quarter to 8. So that half an hour in the morning is my time with them.

I have three excellent tour guides to give me a picture of how the world works from their height. From my point of view, it’s actually a moment of calm when we close the car door and take off. Before that, it’s like trying to corral atoms.

Describe the one view that sums up your favourite drive. 

It’s the three smiling faces in the back of the car. About 70 percent of the time anyway. Thirty per cent is definitely wailing.

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