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CensusAtSchool 15 Results (2015/2016) Print

4,199 (1.1%) from an estimated 380,000 secondary school students completed the Phase 15 questionnaire of the CensusAtSchool survey between September 2015 and August 2016. The questionnaire covered a variety of topics ranging from 1916 related topics, the level of Irish speaking to the type of school transport used. 

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) published a special release of the highlights from these results on the 20 October 2016. This and previous releases can also be found on the CSO website.

 Interesting findings from Phase 15 results:

  • Over a third of secondary school students have visited the GPO. Students who enjoy history are more than twice as likely as those who do not to have visited the 1916-1922 historical sites identified in the questionnaire. 
  • Just under half (44%) of students are transported to school by car. Only one fifth of students walk to school.
  • Exam and transition year students were less likely to know that the Census was conducted in April.
  • The top three social networks and apps used were Youtube, Snapchat and Instagram. Females were far more likely to use Pinterest, Instagram, and Snapchat than males.
  • Almost two thirds of students reported an ability to speak Irish (65%). Of those who can speak Irish, 63% never speak it outside school. Males are less likely than females to speak Irish outside school if they live in the Gaeltacht. This trend is not affected by the type of school attended. 
  • Students were asked to indicate which sports they played in the previous year. The percentage of male students who played no sports was greater than the percentage of female students. Female students played a greater range of sports than males in general.
  • Students were also asked to indicate what word they would use to describe being Irish. The top two terms for both male and female students were “Proud” and “Hard-working”.

 Further analysis ...

Box Plot of Female Respondents (age 12 to 18) classified by height 

Female Height Box Plot 



 Box Plot of Male Respondents (age 12 to 18) classified by Height

Box Plot of Male Respondents (age 12 to 18) classified by Height

Distribution of Respondents' Height  by Sex

Height Distribution 










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