January 2018 Transfers

Irish Players Involved in January 2018 Transfers:

The current UK transfer window opened on Monday the 1st January 2018 and is set to conclude at 11.00pm on Wednesday 31st January 2018. The Irish players detailed in the linked schedule have been involved in some form of transfer during the relevant period. One of the more interesting moves is the end of season loan transfer of U21 midfielder Harry Charsley from Everton to Bolton Wanderers. Charsley is a mainstay of our U21 side, being capped twelve times and scoring three goals to date.

Josh Barrett Reading Coventry City End of Season Loan
Shane Blaney Finn Harps Doncaster Rovers Undisclosed
Jack Byrne Wigan Athletic Oldham Athletic Undisclosed
Harry Charsley Everton Bolton Wanderers End of Season Loan
Ryan Delaney Burton Albion Rochdale Undisclosed
Aaron Drinan Waterford Ipswich Town £90,000
Jimmy Dunne Burnley Accrington Stan. End of Season Loan
Lee Frecklington Rotherham Utd Lincoln City Undisclosed
Stephen Gleeson Birmingham C. ipswich Town Free
Paul Green Oldham Athletic Crewe Alexandra End of Season Loan
Reece Grego-Cox QPR Woking Released
Gavin Gunning Port Vale Forest Green Rvs End of Contract
Ronan Hale Birmingham City Derry City Loan
Danny Kane Huddersfield Tn Cork City Released
Dean Kiely Preston NE
Crystal Palace Goalkeeping Coach
Darragh Leahy Coventry City Bohemian Released
Paddy Madden Scunthorpe Utd Fleetwood Town Undisclosed
Patrick McEleney Dundalk Oldham Athletic End of Contract
David McMillan Dundalk St Johnstone End of Contract
Khius Metz Burnley Chorley Town End of Season Loan
Warren O’Hora Bohemian Brighton & H.A. Undisclosed
Simon Power UCD Norwich City 18 Mth Contract
Callum Reilly Bury Gillingham End of Season Loan
Conor Ronan Wolves Portsmouth End of Season Loan
Tadhg Ryan Huddersfield Tn Galway United Released
Corey Whelan Liverpool Yeovil Town End of Season Loan
Page will be updated as transfers happen....

NewIrish World Article 22nd Jan 2018

MS No barrier for One of Ireland’s Most Dedicated Supporters

Irish World Article 22nd January 2018

Carmel Mackey (front and centre)
Carmel Mackey (front and centre)

The London branch of the Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters Club (RISSC) will be fund raising for MS Ireland at its Quiz Night on Friday 26th January at the Clayton Crown Hotel in Cricklewood.

It’s a cause very close to the supporters club’s heart, as one of its long serving members, Carmel Mackey, has lived with multiple sclerosis for over 30 years.

But that hasn’t stopped her following the team and she still travels to home and away matches to cheers the lads on.

So much so, that Carmel’s commitment to the green jersey featured in the official match day programme for the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Moldova at the Aviva Stadium last year, as part of an on-going feature acknowledging the team’s most dedicated supporters. Carmel definitely qualifies.

She said in the article: “I’ve gone to games when I could walk, I’ve gone [to games] on two sticks and now I go in a wheelchair. I’ve had some great times and I’m relaxed and easy going anyway. I have fun and I enjoy the football.

“My attitude was, ‘well I don’t have a tumour, nobody died. And please God I would live long enough that I would survive’. I just accepted it and I was fortune enough I guess.

“I can stand up and take steps. I have fallen a few times, but you just get up and go. Now, because of my disability, I really choose where I can go more and more. I have had times where I arrive at stadiums and there’s nowhere to get in.”

From a GAA background in Tyrone, it was Carmel’s husband Sean who first got her into football and the supporters club, when he took her to a RISSC meeting.

Sean, who has roots in Limerick, has been involved with the supporters club since its formation in 1984. It currently has approximately 600 members.

Sean Mackey (founding member of RISSC London), Carmel, Roisin and her husband Sean Kennedy

The RISSC supports various charities as well as St Kevin’s Boys football club in Dublin, as an important part of its ‘contribution towards football in Ireland’ says Sean.

To complete the family’s involvement with the RISSC, Sean and Carmel’s daughter Roisin Kennedy (nee Mackey) is the club’s kit officer.

There will also be a raffle on the night, which gets underway at 7:30pm, with a signed Ireland shirt, a signed James McClean photo and a special VIP package (including flights, hotel and match tickets) amongst the prizes.

To find out more about the RISSC or to purchase raffle tickets online visit Online ticket sales end at midnight on Wednesday 24th January.

This article appeared in The Irish World 24th January 2018, and on

NewUEFA Nations League draw – Lausanne on Wednesday…22/01/2018

The draw for the UEFA Nations League is set to be made at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne at noon (11am Irish time) on Wednesday. The new competition has sparked much confused debate relating to structure with an underwhelming sense of anticipation surrounding the event. In the draw structure for the three team group, Ireland fall into the League B section covering the countries ranked from 13 to 24 in the UEFA standings. Ireland (ranked 19) are in Pot B and will face one side from Pot A (Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia) and one from Group C (N Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Turkey) on a home and away basis.

Read more details….

NewCatalogue of serious injury continues to grow…21/01/2018

The double leg break injury sustained by Everton midfielder James McCarthy yesterday will rule him out for the remainder of the season and very likely beyond. Robbie Brady is of course already ruled out indefinitely while fellow Burnley player Jon Walters underwent surgey this week which is likely to rule him out for about two months. Sean Maguire of Preston North End is of course another ruled out indefinitely through injury. On a more positive slant, Seamus Coleman has returned to full training with Everton while Alan Judge is back in action, tentatively at present, with Brentford.

NewSenior Women gain revenge for opening defeat…21/01/2018

Our Senior Women provided a much improved performance against hosts Portugal in the Azores this afternoon to secure a three one success. Goals from captain Katie McCabe, Leanne Kiernan and Loise Quinn put Ireland in total command with the hosts scoring a late consolation goal.

U19 Women lose to England in Portugal tournament…21/01/2018

Following their opening defeat by hosts Portugal our U19 Women met England at the Santo Antonio venue on Friday afternoon. Despite a much improved performance, against stronger opposition, our side went down to a three one defeat with Saoirse Noonan scoring our goal. A further contest, against hosts Portugal, is also scheduled for Santo Antonio at 2pm Irish time on Sunday afternoon.

NewPremier League action on Sunday afternoon…21/01/2018

Misfiring Southampton were without Shane Long for the Premier League visit of in-form Tottenham Hotspur to St Marys Stadium this Sunday afternoon, but seventeen year old striker Michael Obafemi made his Premier League debut with a substitute entry for the final fifteen minutes, as the sides played out a one all draw. Dublin born Obafemi is a member of Tom Mohan’s U19 Republic of Ireland squad. Obafemi has scored twelve goals at Youth Level for Southampton this season where his attack partner Jonathan Afolabi is another member of our U19 squad.

NewSaturday afternoon in the Premier League…20/01/2018

Shane Duffy and his Brighton & Hove Albion colleagues went down to a four nil Premier League defeat by visitors Chelsea at the Amex Stadium in the early kick-off this Saturday afternoon. Jeff Hendrick started with Kevin Long on the bench for Burnley who lost to the only goal from Manchester United to Turf Moor. James McCarthy started but was substituted on sixty minutes while James McClean was introduced from the bench on seventy nine minutes as Everton were held to a one all draw by visitors West Bromwich Albion. Irish U21 duo, Declan Rice and Josh Cullen were both on the substitute bench for West Ham United who were held to a one all draw by AFC Bournemouth at the London Stadium. The late kick-off saw Manchester City overcome visitors Newcastle United by three goals to one. Ciaran Clark started for the visitors with Rob Elliot on the substitute bench.

NewChampionship action on Saturday afternoon…20/01/2018

The Championship continued on Saturday afternoon with Aston Villa (Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan, Glenn Whelan) defeating Barnsley by three goals to one at Villa Park, Hogan scored twice in the opening seven minutes with Hourihane adding the third on nineteen minutes. Bolton Wanderers held Ipswich Town (Stephen Gleeson, David McGoldrick, Aaron Drinan) to a one all draw while Leeds United (Conor Shaughnessy) went down to a four three defeat by Millwall at Elland Road with Aiden O’Brien scoring the opener. Norwich City (Wes Hoolihan) went down by two goals to one against Sheffield United (Enda Stevens) at Carrow Road. Preston North End (Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan) drerw one each with Birmingham City at Deepdale while QPR went down to a three nil home defeat by Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie). Reading (Liam Kelly) suffered a one nil home defeat by Brentford with Martin O’Neill rumoured to be a possible attendee. Sunderland (John O’Shea, Aiden McGeady) scored the only goal for victory over Hull City (David Meyler, Will Keane) at the Stadium of Light while leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty) suffered a shock two nil home defeat by Nottingham Forest.