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 (formerly Department of Children and Youth Affairs) 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 (Child Cohort/Cohort ’98) and 10,000 9-month-olds (Infant Cohort/Cohort ’08). The members of the Child Cohort are now aged about 23 years and those of the Infant Cohort are around 13 years old.

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Latest GUI News:

  • Growing Up in Ireland: The Lives of 9-year-olds of Cohort ’08 was launched on June 16th. The report, summary infographic and launch materials are available here.
  • The Research Microdata File associated with the above report is now open to applications via the CSO.
  • Key findings from the special COVID-19 survey of GUI participants (collected Dec 2020) were launched on March 26th.  Further details here or go directly to the report.
  • During COVID-19 restrictions, please contact the GUI team by email only via

Where are we now:

  • Remote fieldwork for the main phase of Cohort ’08 at 13 will start shortly (interviewers’ resources here)
  • Key findings from the special online ‘Covid-19’ survey (Dec 2020) were released on March 26th.
  • The main phase of the Child Cohort ’98 at 20 years has been completed; key findings have been released and data are in preparation.