Dundalk go in search of a fourth consecutive league title this season
The League of Ireland returns this Friday night, with Dundalk beginning their bid for a fourth consecutive SSE Airtricity League title.
They start the defence of their title on their newly refurbished Oriel Park surface against a rejuvenated Shamrock Rovers side looking to make serious strides in the league.
Last year's runners-up and FAI Cup winners Cork City begin their season away to Finn Harps. John Caulfield's side have already gotten their season off to a winning start when they beat Dundalk 3-0 in the President's Cup.
Newly promoted Limerick FC host Sligo Rovers at Market's Field to kick off their season, while Bohemians welcome Kenny Shiels' Derry City to Dalymount Park.
Cork's Greg Bolger celebrates winning The President's Cup last week. Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Bray Wanderers will look to build on last season's strong finish when they visit Richmond Park to face St. Patrick's Athletic.
Meanwhile, Galway United face Drogheda at Eamonn Deacy Park.
In the First Division, new-look Waterford FC travel to face Athlone Town for their opening league game. Shelbourne welcome Longford Town to Tolka Park.
Elsewhere, Cabinteely host UCD and on Saturday Wexford FC travel to Cobh Ramblers.
You can get up to date with all the action ahead of the new season with Newstalk's SSE Airtricity League podcast.
Dundalk vs. Shamrock Rovers, Oriel Park, (8pm)
Finn Harps vs. Cork City, Finn Park (8pm)
Bohemians vs. Derry City, Dalymount Park (7.45pm)
Limerick FC vs. Sligo Rovers, Market's Field, (7.45pm)
St Patrick's Athletic vs. Bray Wanderers, Richmond Park (7.45pm)
Galway United FC vs. Drogheda United Eamonn Deacy Park (7.45pm)
Athlone Town vs. Waterford FC, Athlone Town Stadium (7.45pm)
Shelbourne vs. Longford Town, Tolka Park (7.45pm)
Cabinteely vs. UCD, Stradbrook (7.45pm)
Cobh Ramblers vs. Wexford FC, St. Colman's Park (Saturday 25/2, 3pm)