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, Inclusion 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 22 years and those of the Infant Cohort are around 12 years old.

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Latest GUI News:

  • You can find recent reports by GUI co-PI Emer Smyth, on 17-year-olds’ arts and culture participation,  and sex education and behaviour on
  • The Growing Up in Ireland 12th Annual Research Conference took place online on Oct 22nd, 2020. Catch up with a selection of presentations on our conference page.
  • Minister O’Gorman has announced a new COVID survey of GUI cohorts.
  • During COVID-19 restrictions, please contact the GUI team by email only via

Where are we now:

  • The main phase of the Child Cohort ’98 at 20 years has been completed; key findings have been released and data are in preparation.
  • Remote fieldwork for the pilot phase of Infant Cohort ’08 at 13 years has just been completed.
  • The Child Cohort ’98 at age 17/18 years has been completed and both the AMF and RMF files are now open to applications from researchers.
  • AMF data from the Infant Cohort ’08 at 9 years are now available.