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STEPHEN O'HALLORAN of COBH

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Stephen O'Halloran (born November 29, 1987) in Cobh, Co. Cork was an Irish defender playing for Aston Villa. O'Halloran, a left-sided defender who broke into the Villa squad for their 2006/2007 pre-season friendlies, has represented the Republic of Ireland at U15, U16, U17 and U21 level.

O'Halloran signed for Aston Villa in 2003 and subsequently went out on loan to Wycombe Wanderers on October 20th, 2006, until January 2007. He featured in Wycombe's successful Carling Cup run, playing left side of defence in the the first leg of their semi-final against Chelsea, which ended 1-1 after goals from Wayne Bridge and Jermaine Easter.

Stephen's loan deal had ended before the second leg, subsequently Wycombe lost 5-1 on aggregate, losing 4-0 in the return to Stamford Bridge. He returned to Aston Villa and was allocated a squad number by then manager, Martin O'Neill. O'Halloran formerly played for Cobh Ramblers's junior side, Springfield Ramblers, in the Republic of Ireland.

On Wednesday 16th May 2007, Stephen was named in Steve Stauntons Republic of Ireland squad for the friendlies with Ecuador and Bolivia, before he had made one senior Villa apearance.

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