RTÉ has announced that smash hit comedy The Young Offenders will return for a third season on Friday July 24 in the prime-time 9.35pm slot on RTÉ One.

The dynamic duo of Conor and Jock are set to steal hearts (as well as indulging in their usual attempts at theft) with a new baby onboard, played by twins Penny and Nola Richardson.

Set in Cork, The Young Offenders tells the coming-of-age adventures of Conor (Alex Murphy) and Jock (Chris Walley) and their mother/guardian Mairéad (Hilary Rose) as she tries to keep them on the straight and narrow.

The new run sees the best friends continue to navigate their awkward teenage years as they hatch plans to help distract from their tough home lives, work on sustaining their relationships and try to care for the newest family member, Jock and Siobhan's baby Star.

Alex Murphy and Hilary Rose as Conor and Mairead MacSweeney 

The Young Offenders creator Peter Foott said: "We're delighted that The Young Offenders will be airing on RTÉ One at 9.35pm on Fridays. 

"We really hope viewers enjoy this third series which we are very proud of. Given that it has been a very difficult time for so many over the last few months, we hope that the series will bring a smile to our audiences faces when it’s most needed.

"The whole team are really excited to have everyone see the new series, it was a labour of love for all our amazing cast and crew."

Justin Healy, RTÉ Comedy, added: "We are very excited to be bringing the third series of The Young Offenders to RTÉ One.

Billy Murphy (Shane Casey) with Jock (Chris Walley) and Conor ( Alex Murphy)

"It is so great to see the series build year on year, driven by exceptional Irish talent in front of and behind the camera.

"Conor and Jock return with the most Ill-advised schemes yet with the most hilarious outcomes in a very funny and heart-warming third season."

Produced by Vico Films for BBC Three, the comedy series has proved to be a huge hit with RTÉ viewers since its debut, with the last series averaging 377,000, and 42% share among 15 to 34 year olds on RTÉ2, and 1.14m streams on RTÉ Player.