Cookies ready to chase Con
Cork Con led the way for the Munster clubs in the Ulster Bank League last year as they took the Division 1A crown but their Limerick rivals Young Munster will have a massive point to prove starting out in this campaign.
The Tom Clifford Park outfit haven't won the top tier since 1992-'93 but after some tough times in the league they have improved and performed consistently at the top in recent years.
They finished seventh in 2014, fourth in 2015, third the following year and third again last season. They were defeated in the semi-finals by Clontarf last term and will be looking to emulate Cork Con's brilliant achievement on their way to the title.
Cork Con had not won the Ulster Bank League since 2010 prior to last season's victory and they have to potential to back that up again in 2017-'18. Garryowen finished ninth last season but they are another side with the ability to compete at the top level should they regularly hit their peak.
UL Bohemians looked most capable in Division 1B last season but promotion slipped away in the end, and they will be hoping to make it three Limerick outfits in 1A.
They have Shannon for competition in 1B, while two Cork sides, Dolphin and UCC, are also looking to join the ranks of 1A.
Highfield were runners-up in 2A last season but they will have to do it all again as they seek promotion to the second tier. Nenagh Ormond also came close to making it up, but they finished third and missed out, and Cashel will be looking to avoid relegation.
Sundays Well and Old Crescent will do battle in Division 2B where they are sole Munster representatives, while Bruff, Midleton and Thomond are in 2C.