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Welcome to the website of Growing Up in Ireland, an exciting and historic national study of children.

This study is following the progress of almost 20,000 children across Ireland to collect a host of information to help improve our understanding of all aspects of children and their development.

Here you can learn all about the study and how it works and catch up with all the latest news on the Study. If you are a participant in the study you will find all the information you need to know about taking part.

GUI Annual Conference 2016

Growing Up in Ireland – the National Longitudinal Study of Children, held its eighth annual research conference on Thursday 3rd November 2016 in Croke Park.  The conference was addressed by Dr Katherine Zappone, T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, who also launched key findings from the most recent phase of Growing Up in Ireland (Child Cohort at age 17/18 years).

The keynote address was given by Professor Gordon Harold, University of Sussex.

Please see here for further details.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, T.D., launches the first Key Findings from the Growing Up in Ireland Child Cohort at age 17/18 years at Croke Park, November 3rd 2016 (L-R: Laura Egan, Kevin Staunton, Carrie Staunton, Kate Quinn, Minister Dr Katherine Zappone TD)

Growing Up in Ireland Data Workshop December 2016


Growing Up in Ireland will host a Data Workshop to promote and support the use of the Infant Cohort datasets (Wave 1, Wave 2 and Wave 3) on Tuesday 6th December from 10am to 1pm at the offices of the Economic and Social Research Institute in Whitaker Square, Dublin.

Training will cover a range of topics and is designed to give a comprehensive overview of the conduct of the study, the data themselves and supporting documentation, as well as how to match the Wave 1, Wave 2 and Wave 3 datasets. Researchers who have previously attended a data workshop on the Wave 1 or Wave 2 data should note that this upcoming workshop will cover much of the same content. No prior familiarity with the Growing Up in Ireland data is assumed. The Child Cohort data will not be covered in this workshop.

Those interested in attending should contact Places are strictly limited and allocated on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis. There is no registration fee for the workshop. 


All Growing Up in Ireland publications are available to download.

Publications from the Child Cohort can be downloaded here

Publications from the Infant Cohort can be downloaded here

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Data Workshop, 9th June 2016

The Growing up in Ireland Study is holding a data workshop on the Infant Cohort data (Waves 1, 2 and 3) on Thursday 9th June. For further details please click here. NOW FULLY BOOKED!