Publicans in Limerick will find out later this morning whether they will be given permission to open on Good Friday.
They have applied en-masse to the District Court, for an exemption to coincide with the Magners League tie between Munster and Leinster.
The enforced closure, it is being argued, could cost the local economy millions in lost revenue.
The vintners say the April 2 clash constitutes a "special event", which allows for the granting of an area exemption.
The State disagrees and Judge Tom O'Donnell is due to rule on the matter this morning.
If granted, pubs in the city will be allowed to open between 6pm and midnight on Good Friday, April 2.
But even without the court's permission, those attending the game itself will be able to buy a pint within Thomond Park, as it holds a National Sporting Arena Licence.