If you live around Dublin's Poolbeg area and feel like an invasion is under way, do not be alarmed.

The Defence Forces are conducting a military exercise in the Poolbeg Area, Dublin Docks between 9pm and 1am.

The exercise aims to test junior leaders in an urban environment and will involve boats, pyrotechnics and low-flying aircraft.

The Defence Forces said the military exercise is part of normal training for recruits which has already happened a few times over the past year.

This evening's exercise, titled Exercise Viking Landing II, involves students being exposed to the contingencies, complexities and irregularities of urban warfare.

Since the beginning of the exercise, the students have been in test appointments across three locations, beginning in Gormanston, Co Meath, moving to the Curragh Camp and finally culminating in Poolbeg, Dublin City.

The exercise forms part of a six-month course, run by two Brigade Training Centres, that qualifies Private Soldiers for promotion to the rank of Corporal.

Corporals are the first leadership rank in the Defence Forces. Promotion to this rank marks a significant milestone in the careers of personnel.