Fears regarding the future of the International Rules series were allayed yesterday when the dates for the upcoming tests were confirmed by the GAA.
Ireland will face Australia in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Saturday, October 23 and in Croke Park seven days later.
The future of the series had been in doubt after the AFL pulled the plug on their proposed trip to Ireland 12 months ago, citing the expense of the trip in the economic climate as the main factor in their decision.
“We are delighted that the Australians are back in Ireland to play this year and we are all looking forward to an enjoyable two games in October,” said the GAA's Ard-Stiurthoir Paraic Duffy.
“Each player deems it a great honour to put on an Irish jersey in an international setting and values the experience of playing with players from other counties.”
Ireland are the current holders of the Cormac McAnallen trophy, having won the last meeting between the countries in late 2008.
Since the competition resumed in 1999, 10 series have been played with the teams winning five each. Ireland hold a 10-8 advantage, with two draws, from the 20 Test matches played.
l Having lost their opening two games and the services of talismanic midfielder Darragh O Sé through retirement, Kerry's NFL Division 1 title defence has taken another blow with the news of an eight-week suspension for star forward Paul Galvin.
Galvin was given a straight red card in last Saturday's loss to Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn, for clashing with Rebels defender Eoin Cadogan off-the-ball.
The GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) has proposed a four-week suspension for the 2009 Footballer of the Year, with the term to be doubled as he was found guilty of a similar Category 2 offence in the past 48 weeks.