Cork City have confirmed that Seán McLoughlin has departed the club, signing for Championship side Hull City in the UK.
The 22-year-old defender joined the City under 19's in 2013, before a spell with UCC. After finishing his Business Information Systems degree, he was back at Turner's Cross by July 2017, and went on to make over 50 appearances on Leeside.
McLoughlin has signed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
"The move has been going on for the past couple of weeks now, so to finally get over here and sign. I'm delighted," he told the club's website.
"I’m buzzing to be here and to be a Hull City player. I know I’ve still got a lot to learn, but it’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead."
McLoughlin made his Ireland under-21 debut in a European Championship qualifier against Germany last year
"Seán has been brilliant for us; not just this year, but since he came in," said City head coach John Cotter in a statement released by the club.
"He came through the academy here after coming in from Springfield, he left to go to UCC, got his degree and came back.
"That is a credit to Seán himself and shows the pathway that is there. He’s a great lad, a very intelligent lad, and the way he has done it is the right way, getting his degree."
Hull manager Grant McCann said he might send the new recruit out on a short loan spell, to get him up to speed in the Championship.
"I wouldn't be bringing him here if I didn’t think he could make the leap," McCann told HullLive.
"We may need to do something else with him, get him out to play games somewhere for six months but we’ll judge him when he comes in."
Elsewhere, St Patrick's Athletic have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland under 19 international Glen McAuley after he was released by Liverpool earlier in the summer.
The Dublin-born striker will join the Saints in a deal which will see him play with the Inchicore side to the end of the 2020 league season.
McAuley joined Liverpool in 2016 and had previously been a part of Steven Gerrard's U18s, scoring 15 goals in 21 games during the 2016/2017 season.