Thousands of amateur sportspeople will return to pitches across the country today for the first time in months.

At the end of April the Cabinet agreed a plan on reopening society and the economy, with the green light given for adult team sports outdoor training to resume from today.

Action has been frozen since last December but GAA, rugby and soccer clubs will get back to business this evening; they are permitted full-contact training in pods of 15.

Competitive games can go ahead from 7 June, the same day gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres will reopen for individual training.

GAA inter-county training came back on 19 April. A week later, juvenile soccer, GAA and athletics training resumed while golf courses and tennis courts reopened.

Gaelic games inter-county team were allowed to play challenge games from last Wednesday, ahead of the first weekend of the Allianz Hurling League. The footballers make their league return this coming weekend.

Ireland's senior international basketball were granted permission to train at the National Basketball Arena from Friday 23 April.