Later today the good people of Dublin might regain control of their city, but last night it was in the hands of an occupying army of delirious Ulster fans who had just watched their side win a fierce and physical contest and march on triumphantly to the Heineken Cup final at Twickenham in three weeks' time.
Langholm and Peebles are the venues for this weekend's Borders sevens tournaments, the circuit moving to Milntown today and The Gytes tomorrow for rounds five and six in the Kings of the Sevens Series.
Edinburgh's rugby players are aiming to set up the capital's greatest ever day of sport by playing in the final of the Heineken Cup on the same day as Hearts and Hibernian contest football's Scottish Cup final.
As arguably the smartest member of the Edinburgh party that set off for Dublin yesterday, the logic offered by Geoff Cross, a qualified doctor, in outlining why he reckons being underdogs favours his team in Dublin today was hard to counter.
The relish with which Dave Denton expresses his expectations for tomorrow's match with Ulster in the Heineken Cup semi-finals tells you everything you need to know about the Zimbabwean-born Scot's approach to rugby.
Ashamed as he is of Edinburgh's form in their domestic competition, Nick De Luca believes the intimate knowledge Ulster have of that will make them tougher opponents than four-times Heineken Cup champions Toulouse.
As the prospect of a crucial clash of dates between his two careers looms ever larger, Matt Scott hopes that the world of academia will prove more sympathetic than he knows those challenging him on the rugby field will be.
Four days after their RBS Cup final triumph over Ayr at Murrayfield, Gala will be seeking to add to an already impressive set of achievements this season when they face Hawick in the Border League final tonight at Philiphaugh.
Mike Blair claims he will have no regrets whatever happens but Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final between Edinburgh and Ulster may show whether he was right or wrong to turn down the Irish province's overtures when he decided to stay in his home city two years ago.