Growing Up in Ireland

Growing Up in Ireland is a Government-funded study of children being carried out jointly by the ESRI and Trinity College Dublin. It is managed by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth in association with the Central Statistics Office.

The study started in 2006 and follows the progress of two groups of children: 8,000 9-year-olds (Cohort ’98) and 10,000 9-month-olds (Cohort ’08). The members of Cohort ’98 are now aged about 24 years and those of Cohort ’08 are around 13 years old.

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Latest GUI News:

  • Professor Alissa Goodman, UCL, will give the keynote address at the 2022 GUI Annual Research Conference on May 25th 2022.  Her talk is entitled: Inequalities in the early years, and opportunities and challenges setting up two new national birth cohort studies in the UK. Further information and registration can be found here.
  • The conference programme includes the launch of the latest GUI report: Research Needs for Cohort ’98 at age 25
  • The latest GUI technical report, the Pilot Report for Cohort ’08 at age 13 is now available online.
  • The Growing Up in Ireland online survey is now open – we will be in touch with you in the coming weeks with details on how you can complete your online survey.

Where are we now:

  • We are currently interviewing Cohort ’08 at 13 years
  • Key findings from the special online ‘Covid-19’ survey (Dec 2020) were released on March 26th. The data have been archived (Oct 2021) and are open to applications.
  • The main phase of the Child Cohort ’98 at 20 years has been completed; key findings have been released and the dataset has been approved for release to researchers.
  • During COVID-19 restrictions, please contact the GUI team by email only via