The other two Munster clubs in Division 1A Cork Constitution and U.L. Bohemian begin their campaigns on the Saturday with Cork Constitution at home to Clontarf and U.L. Bohemian are away to last year's champions St. Mary's College.
Bruff are the only Munster side in Division 1B and they entertain Ballymena in their opening game.
U.C.C. relegated to Division 2A start with a long trip to City of Derry and then entertain Midleton the following Friday at the Mardyke.
Highfield promoted to Division 2A are away to Bective Rangers and the other promoted Munster team Cashel are away to Midleton. Old Crescent entertain Queens University.
Thomond relegated to Division 2B start with a trip to Musgrave Park to face Sunday's Well and Clonakilty also relegated begin their season with a home tie against City of Armagh. Nenagh Ormond make the long journey to Magherafelt to face Rainey Old Boys.