16 pictures that capture the start of the 2016 GAA season

And we’re off for another year of action…

1. First day out for Jim Gavin and his All-Ireland winning Dublin team in Enniscorthy

Jim Gavin makes his way out for the game Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

2. Pre match puckaround for Tony Kelly and his Clare teammates in Sixmilebridge

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

3. A debut afternoon with Mayo for Stephen Rochford and Tony McEntee

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

4.Warm up time for the Armagh footballers

Source: Presseye/Matt Mackey/INPHO

5. A new addition to the Clare management team as Donal Óg Cusack joins up with Davy Fitzgerald

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

6. New faces in the Cork set up as well with manager Kieran Kingston listening to selector Diarmuid O’Sullivan

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

7. Supporters are reflected in the flood water in Enniscorthy

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

8. Another Cork goalkeeper tries to net against Clare – this time it’s newcomer Patrick Collins

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

9. Anthony Masterson (Wexford) and Ciaran Reddin (Dublin) welcome each other to the 2016 season

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

10. Pressure is on for Mayo’s Jason Doherty against the NUI Galway defence

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

11. The wet surface in Omagh didn’t help the Tyrone and Queen’s University players

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Source: Presseye/Declan Roughan/INPHO

12. Antrim’s Chris Kerr tries but he can’t stop Liam McGoldrick netting for Derry

Source: Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHO

13. Hurley up from Clare’s David Reidy as Cork’s Conor Twomey attempts to break out of defence

David Reidy tackles Conor Twomey Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

14. New season but a black card curtails Philly McMahon’s afternoon

Phily McMahon after being sent to the line Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

15.Disappointing day as well for Cavan’s David Givney as he sees red

Source: Presseye/Matt Mackey/INPHO

16. Mayo’s new manager is snapped by the young paparazzi after the final whistle in Castlebar

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

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