Transfer deadline day was just thirty minutes old when Aiden McGeady became the first mover with a late night switch.
The out-of-favour Sunderland winger has moved up a division to sign a loan deal with Championship side Charlton, with Lee Bowyer staying up to get the deal done after McGeady travelled down south on Thursday night.
"He brings goals, he brings assists, he's someone that can make something out of nothing," said Bowyer, whose side sit one place above the relegation zone.
McGeady's relocation was the headline move on a day when a number of Irish performers further down football's food chain found new employment.
A loan move for Troy Parrott would have taken top billing but Spurs need to keep the Irishman at the club until his 18th birthday next week so he ticks the box of home-grown player down the tracks.
Parrott's ex-Irish U17 team-mate Callum Thompson has come home to Bohemians on a loan deal from Wolves in order to gain first team football. Thompson will be at Dalymount Park until July.
Wexford's Ryan Delaney left Rochdale for League One rivals Bolton on an 18-month deal.
Former Irish U-21 internationals Bradley Garmston (Gillingham-Grimsby) and Canice Carroll (Brentford-Stevenage) were also on the move.
Veteran defender Alan Sheehan terminated his contract at Luton where he was club captain so he could be free to join a new employer.
League of Ireland clubs tend to wait to see how the UK window pans out before making final moves but Waterford were able to sign Irish U-21 international Tyreke Wilson after his departure from Man City.
They have also signed Scot Matty Smith from Dundee United. Cork's Neale Fenn has signed Irish defender Joe Redmond on loan from Birmingham and delved into the non-league to give former Premier League academy players Reyon Dillon and Henry Ochieng a fresh start.
Derry have signed Ivorian Moussa Bakayoko after he had a spell in Armenia, while Belgian Danny Lupano has signed on loan from Hull until the summer.
Meanwhile, Down Under, Roy O'Donovan was on the move again at the midway point of the A-League season, with the Corkman leaving Robbie Fowler's Brisbane Roar to rejoin Newcastle Jets.