Promoted Carrick Rangers start away to Cliftonville

Carrick Rangers celebrated winning the Championship One title in May 2011
Carrick Rangers celebrated winning the Championship One title in May 2011

Newly-promoted Carrick Rangers will start life in the Irish Premiership by playing Cliftonville away on 6 August.

Double winners Linfield will begin the defence of their title with a trip to play Glenavon at Mourneview Park.

Last season's runners-up, Crusaders, are at home to Glentoran who finished third while Lisburn Distillery are at home to Ballymena United.

Donegal Celtic start at home to Portadown while Coleraine travel to Dungannon Swifts.