Newcastle United have officially confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the squad will be flying to Ireland on Sunday.

The team play Hearts in a friendly on Friday and then will be heading off to Carton House in Co Kildare for a week’s pre-season training camp, just as they did last season with Rafa Benitez, and back in 2010 ahead of a Premier League return under Chris Hughton.

We brought you this news this morning on The Mag and the club has also confirmed that no friendly match has been organised as part of the stay in Ireland.

Newcastle United official announcement:

‘Newcastle United will return to Carton House in Ireland for a week-long training camp this month.

The Magpies prepared for last season’s Sky Bet Championship title-winning campaign at the resort in County Kildare.

They also visited before the 2009/10 season, which also saw United lift the Championship trophy.

Real Madrid, AC Milan and the British Lions have all used the facilities in recent years and Rafa Benítez’s side will head there again this summer.

And, with its impressive training pitches allied with convenient gym facilities and on-site team-building activities, the Newcastle manager believes Carton House is the ideal place to step up United’s pre-season after the players reported back to the training ground last week.

The team will arrive on Sunday, and while there will be no friendly fixture in Ireland – last year United beat Bohemian 6-0 in a warm-up match – the Magpies will use the trip to prepare for their games against Preston North End and Bradford City.’

Hearts:

Newcastle travel to Hearts in three days time (Friday 14 July) for a 7.45pm kick-off.

All 1,300 away tickets have been snapped up.

Preston:

Preston v Newcastle is on Saturday 22 July with a 3pm kick-off. Tickets go on general sale from 10am on Wednesday morning (12 July), with a maximum of four per person.

Prices are £10 for adults, £5 OAPs/youths, and £1 for juniors.

Bradford:

Four days later it is Bradford v Newcastle on Wednesday 26 July with a 7.30pm kick-off. Tickets go on general sale from 10am on Wednesday morning (12 July), with a maximum of four per person.

Ticket prices are £10 for adults and £5 OAPs/juniors.

Mainz

Newcastle fans have an initial allocation of 1,500 tickets and prices are £13 for a seat and £9 standing, with no concessions.

This game is on Saturday 29 July and tickets go on general sale from 10am on Wednesday morning (12 July), with a maximum of one per person.

Wolfsburg

The second match in Germany sees Newcastle taking on Wolfsburg at the 5,200 capacity AOK Stadion (where their women’s and junior teams play), next to their Volkswagen Arena home ground.

The game is on 2 August with a local 4pm (3pm UK time) kick-off time, just under 400 tickets allocated to Newcastle fans and these are £9 for a seat and £7 for standing. Tickets appear to be on sale only to season ticket holders (no loyalty points needed) in the first instance.

Hellas Verona

Hellas Verona visit St James Park on Sunday 6 August with a 3pm kick-off.

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for junior and senior tickets.

The full first team and reserve/Under 23 pre-season schedules are as follows so far –

The first team friendlies:

Friday 14 July – Hearts away 7.45pm

Saturday 22 July – Preston away 3pm

Wednesday 26 July – Bradford away 7.30pm

Saturday 29 July – Mainz away 4pm local time (3pm UK time)

Wednesday 2 August – Wolfsburg away 4pm local time (3pm UK time)

Sunday 6 August – Hellas Verona home 3pm

Under 23/Reserves pre-season friendlies:

Monday 17 July – Darlington (at the Northern Echo Arena)

Saturday 22 July – Gateshead (at International Stadium)

Thursday 27 July – Celtic (at Whitby Town)

Saturday 29 July – AZ Alkmaar or Whitby (at Whitby Town)