The Munster senior football championship commences on Saturday evening while up north things really heat up when Anglo-Celt Cup holders Tyrone open their defence against Monaghan on Sunday. Here are our previews for the weekend:
"Look, there's always relief when you achieve something that you know you're going to have to work very hard for and at the same time that's the same for every game, so it's nothing that's massively different, we just have to learn ourselves."
Cliché tells us that Ulster is the most competitive province but clichés are not always strictly true. Shocks have been few and far between in recent years - Down's toppling of Monaghan last year was a notable exception - and the gap between the haves and the have-nots has seemed to be widening, if anything.