The Cabinet has agreed a plan on reopening society and the economy, with the green light given for adult team sports outdoor training to resume from 10 May.
It marks a further opening up of sporting activity, following on from the return of GAA inter-county training on 19 April and last Monday's reopening of sports facilities, including pitches, golf courses and tennis courts.
This, no doubt, will be welcome news for participants who have been deprived of all but solo training since Christmas and had to endure truncated seasons of sport in 2020.
Gyms and swimming pools will reopen on 7 June, with competitive matches also set to resume on this date. However it will be later in the summer before even small numbers of fans are allowed attend.
It is understood training will be non-contact and in pods of 15, with sporting bodies waiting for clarification on when full-contact training and challenge games can recommence.
Speaking about the overall easing of restrictions on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said: "The challenge here is to do this but to do it well in a way that doesn't see us reversing again, but if we do see a spike or something unexpected, in terms of a new variant or how this virus is behaving, well then of course we'll have to adapt to that.
"But as the Taoiseach has said, and as the Tanaiste has reinforced over and over again, this time we want to make sure that as we go forward in terms of easing restrictions, we don't have to go back again.
"For people in their homes listening to this, they will now in May look forward to being able to have their neighbours again outdoors in their gardens meeting up, for adults that want to go training again they will be able do it, personal services like hairdressers by appointment will be possible again in a few weeks' time, people will be able to go back to religious services and inter-county travel will be possible for the first time in months."