Upcoming Growing Up in Ireland Events

Upcoming events

The next scheduled Growing Up in Ireland event is the 2020 Annual Research Conference on October 22nd.  The conference will be held online this year.  Further details are on the dedicated conference page.

For information on all future events and report launches, please follow Growing Up in Ireland on Twitter or sign up to our mailing list.

Previous launches

Growing Up in Ireland: The Lives of 17/18-Year-Olds by Eoin McNamara, Daráine Murphy, Aisling Murray, Emer Smyth and Dorothy Watson.  (30th July 2020)

Watch a video recording of the launch presentation here.

This new report focuses on the lives of young people who were 17/18 years old in 2015/2016 and who have been followed by the researchers since they were 9 years old.  As the cohort was preparing to make the transition to adulthood, the national context was a period of employment growth and recovery, following the Great Recession, but well before the current COVID-19 challenge. The initial results from this wave were published in late 2016.  This latest report provides more detailed findings and more extensive insights into the lives of these young people in the context of their earlier experiences and in the context of national and international research on this age group.   The results cover the socio-economic circumstances of the families in which the 17/18-year-olds lived and young people’s outcomes in key domains of health, socio-emotional development, school/cognitive development and their broadening engagement with society.

The report will be launched by Dr Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., Minister for Children, Disability, Equality, and Integration.

Download the full report Growing Up in Ireland: The Lives of 17/18-Year-Olds or download the infographic summary.

Launch of Key Findings Reports for the Child Cohort at 20 Years at the GUI Annual Conference

Growing Up in Ireland held its 11th Annual Research Conference on Thursday 21st November 2019 in the Gibson Hotel in Dublin’s docklands area. Four Key Findings Reports were launched, based on data collected from the Child Cohort (Cohort ’98) at age 20 Years.


Further details of this and previous conferences can be accessed via the main conference page.

Launch of two new GUI reports on the Infant Cohort  – February 21st

Two new reports from the Growing Up in Ireland study were launched on Feb 21st.  Both reports use data from the ’08 (Infant Cohort) and are now available here for download.

A brief description of each report is given below.  Infographic summaries and launch presentations for both reports are also available below the description.

The Effects of Economic Recession and Family Stress on the Adjustment of 3-Year-Olds in Ireland

Elizabeth Nixon (TCD), Richard Layte (TCD) and Maeve Thornton (ESRI alumna)

This report is concerned with understanding how the economic recession in Ireland affected stress within families, and in turn how this is associated with the behavioural and emotional adjustment of 3-year-olds.  It uses longitudinal data from the ’08 (Infant) Cohort collected when the children were 9 months and again at age 3 years.


Assistant Professor Elizabeth Nixon gave a presentation of the economic strain report at the launch:

Growing Up in Ireland: The Lives of 5-Year-Olds

Aisling Murray (ESRI), Eoin McNamara (ESRI), James Williams (ESRI alumnus) and Emer Smyth (ESRI)

The report presents further details on the lives of children from the Growing Up in Ireland study (Cohort ’08) when they were aged 5 years. The results cover the socio-economic circumstances of the families in which the 5-year-olds lived and those children’s outcomes in key domains of health, socio-emotional development (including relationship with parents) and school/cognitive development.

Dr. Aisling Murray gave a presentation of The Lives of 5-Year-Olds report at the launch: