Cork City have signed Brian O'Callaghan from Notts County and Cathal Lordan from Ipswich Town for the remainder of the 2006 season.
Cork City Manager Damien Richardson has welcomed the 25-year-old Limerick City native O'Callaghan to Leeside and 19-year-old Lordan back home to Cork.
Richardson said: 'Brian is still a very young lad, but has built up massive experience since his early days at underage international level and Cork City will have a solid defender to add to our squad, we welcome Brian to the club and are looking forward to seeing him in the City jersey.'
Richardson then added: 'Cathal is definitely a player for the future and even though he is only 19 years of age, he has already had a great deal of experience with various Cross Channel clubs and I am sure that he will bring a further dimension to Cork City Football Club.'
Brian O'Callaghan represented the Republic of Ireland at under-15 through to under-21 level and was part of the Republic of Ireland under-16 team that won the European Championships. He moved to Barnsley at 17 and made his debut at 19 in the 2000-01 season, where he made no fewer than 96 appearances, before leaving in 2004. Following an injury at Crewe while on trial he moved to Worksop Town in the Conference North for the remainder of the 2004/5 season. He then traveled to Scandinavia for a spell before returning to England to play with Notts County FC where he made 36 appearances last season.
O'Callaghan said: 'I am delighted to be joining the eircom League champions and there is a real sense of excitement around the club with the Champions League games coming up, I really am excited about joining City.'
Cathal Lordan started his playing days at a young age in Ballincollig with Lakewood. He had trials at Southampton, Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forrest before ending up at Portman Road with Joe Royle at Ipswich Town. He spent three years with Ipswich and won an FA Youth winners medal along the way. He has now returned to his native county to play with the eircom League champions.
He said: 'It's great to be playing with the champions and I am really looking forward to the Champions League campaign.'