The national conference on Ireland's Civil War got under way in University College Cork this morning.

Taoiseach Michaél Martin is giving the opening address at the four-day conference, which will see 130 scholars explore the political, social, cultural, military and economic impact of the Irish Civil War.

Dr Mervyn O'Driscoll, head of the School of History at UCC says UCC is honoured to host the National Conference on the Irish Civil War, "particularly at a time when a Cork man is Taoiseach".

Dr O'Driscoll said: "I and Dr John Borgonovo are very grateful to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media and the Expert Advisory Group on Centenary Commorations for their support, which has made this possible.

"These four days bring together the best academic researchers in a public forum, and is a momentous occasion to reflect on the origins of independent Ireland".

Among the scholars addressing the gathering will be Dr Helene O'Keeffe, Atlas of the Irish Revolution Project, UCC; Professor of Modern History at UCD & Director of the Centre for War Studies, Robert Gerwaith; Dr Mary MacDiarmada, DCU; Dr Bill Kissane, London School of Economics; Oliver Coquelin, University of Caen, Normady, Dr Mary McAuliffe, UCD; and Cmdt Daniel Ayiotis, Military Archives.

Topics under discussion will include 'the Irish Civil War & Global Comparisons', 'Great Britain & her Empire', 'The Southern Loyalist Experience', 'Republican Women Archivists’ and 'The View From America'.