Shamrock Rovers will begin the defence of their Airtricity League title with a trip to Hunky Dorys Park to face Drogheda United on Friday, 2 March.

Sligo Rovers, who finished in second place behind the Hoops, start their campaign away to newly promoted Shelbourne in Tolka Park.

First Division winners Cork City will face UCD in Belfield while Roddy Collin’s Monaghan United play Dundalk in Gortakeegan.

Derry City host Bohemians and Bray Wanderers travel to St Patrick's Athletic.

The mid-season break will be from 5 to 21 June due to the Euro 2012 finals and the league will conclude in the last week of October.

The fixtures for the 12-team league were issued this afternoon by the FAI, while the First Division schedule will be published when the licensing process is complete on 12 February next year.