Seminar on Publicly available datasets in Ireland

On Wednesday 4th May 2016 the ‘Active Schools, Active Communities’ research cluster held a very successful seminar on publicly available datasets in Ireland. Chaired by Elaine Murtagh (MIC) and Sarahjane Belton (DCU), the seminar provided an overview of the main data archives in Ireland along with details of several large studies containing data relating to physical activity, physical education, sport and health.

LtoR: Jenny O'Neill (UCD), Jane Gray (NUIM), Amanda Quail (GUI) and Elaine Murtagh (MIC)

During the first session Jenny O’Neill (UCD) gave an overview of the Irish Social Science Data Archive ( Subsequently Dr Jane Gray (NUIM) spoke about the range of studies available through the Irish Qualitative Data Archive ( and the Digital Repository of Ireland ( Amanda Quail (Research Fellow with Growing Up in Ireland) then presented details of the three waves of Growing Up in Ireland: The National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland (


The 2nd session provided “tips and tricks from those working with the data” from the following speakers:


The presentations by the speakers can be viewed by clinking on the links below.

Orna Donoghue - The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging: Tips and Tricks for working with the data.

Jane Gray - Data available in the Irish Qualitative Data Archive

Marie Murphy - Sport and Physical Activity Survey Northern Ireland (SAPAS) and Student Activity and Sport Survey Ireland (SASSI) 

Miriam Owens - Healthy Ireland Survey

Brian Merriman - Growing Up in Ireland Qualitative Data

Amanda Quail - Growing up in Ireland: The National Longitudinal Study of Children

Jenny O'Neill - Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA)

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