The SSE Airtricity League is currently on a mid-season break with action set to resume this weekend but still there has been plenty of talking points. None more so than the happenings at Galway United who are currently mid-table in the First Division. First they announced that they had parted ways with their manager Shane Keegan and then they called a special EGM of their members to discuss a takeover bid from a Saudi Arabian consortium. Galway had only just changed to a supporter based co-operative a few months ago but have now voted to accept this investment offer. For their supporters the attraction is obvious as the new owners are talking about putting in €500,000 straight away in order to get the club back into the Premier Division. This will be one to keep an eye on especially coming into the transfer window which opens in July.
In the Premier Division second place side Dundalk look to be closing in on a move for Patrick McEleney as they edge closer to a deal with Oldham Athletic. They are also favourites to secure the signing of Georgie Kelly who is the top scorer in the First Division and his goals have helped propel UCD to the top of the table. The rumour is that they will sign him and loan him back to UCD for the remainder of the season. Derry City announced that former Manchester United player John Cofie had left the club by mutual termination. Cofie whom United signed from Burnley for £1,000,000 when he was 14 failed to make an impact at the Brandywell and will be hoping to pick up a club in England before the start of the new season. Another player who could be on the way from the North-West side is Aaron McEneff who is the subject of interest from newly promoted Championship side Rotherham United. Derry manager Kenny Shiels has made a bid to sign their former winger Michael Duffy from Dundalk. Duffy who has been in great form for the Lillywhites this season has six months left on his contact meaning he can be approached by other clubs but it is expected that he will use their interest to leverage a new deal for himself at Oriel Park. Waterford who have been a revelation in the Premier Division this season and currently sit third in the table are expected to be busy come July and made space for new signings as they announced that Faysel Kasmi had left the Regional Sports Centre to sign for Belgian side Beerschot Wilrijk.
The draws were made for the qualifying rounds of both the Champions League and the Europa League during the week. Champions Cork City have been handed a tough tie as they were drawn against Polish kingpins Legia Warsaw who regularly appear in the Group Stages. They do have the comfort of knowing that if they are beaten they will parachute into the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Staying with that competition and Derry will face Dinamo Minsk of Belarus while Shamrock Rovers were pulled out against Swedish side AIK Stockholm. Dundalk look to have had the easier of the ties as they will face Estonian side Levadia Tallinn.