The Irish Sports Monitor

Study Number (SN): 0050-03


Sport Ireland (2019). The Irish Sports Monitor, 2015 [dataset]. Version 1. Dublin: Irish Social Science Data Archive SN: 0050-03  



The Irish Sports Monitor (ISM) is a large scale population-based survey designed to measure physical and social participation in sport and other forms of exercise in Ireland.It provides the most robust measurement of sports participation in all its forms within Ireland. The publication of results from this wave of the ISM comes at a time of increased focus on developing healthier lifestyles.

Results from the first wave of the Healthy Ireland Survey in 2015 found that three in every five Irish people are either overweight or obese, with the key determinants coming through insufficient activity and poor dietary choices. International studies have also suggested that increasing levels of sedentary behaviour may in turn be increasing mortality risks to a similar extent as smoking or obesity.Increasing the levels and extent of involvement in sport is a crucial element in improving the health of the nation.

However, the role of sport is not limited to the important physical benefits it provides. It benefits Irish society at community and national levels. Community structures are maintained through our sports clubs, local and inter-county or province rivalries provide endless sporting entertainment and excitement and international success fosters national pride.



  • Sport
  • Exercise
  • Physical activities
  • Sports clubs
  • Sports spectatorship
  • Voluntary work
  • Transitions into sport
  • Transitions out of sport
  • Parents and children’s sport



Representative sample of the population (aged 16+) in the Republic of Ireland

Observation units


Temporal coverage

Dates of fieldwork: 05/2015 to 04/2016

Time dimension

Repeated cross-sectional study

Geographical coverage

Country: Ireland

Sampling procedure

The design of this wave of the ISM includes a change to the survey methodology in order to enhance the coverage of the population. Previous surveys were conducted by telephone using a random selection of landline telephone numbers and interviewing quotas to ensure a nationally representative sample of the Irish population. In 2015, the survey sample was expanded to include mobile telephone numbers in order to ensure that those in mobile-only households were adequately represented within the survey results.

Methods of data collection

CATI (Computer Aided Telephone Interviewing)




Data (available through ISSDA application process)

File name

File format/s

Contents of file



Survey data – 2015


Documentation (available for download)

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File format/s

Contents of file



Study report 2015



Questionnaire 2015





Accessing the data

To access the data, please complete a ISSDA Data Request Form for Research Purposes, sign it, and send it to ISSDA by email.

For teaching purposes, please complete the ISSDA Data Request Form for Teaching Purposes, and follow the procedures, as above. This covers sharing of data with students in a classroom situation. Teaching requests are approved on a once-off module/workshop basis. Subsequent occurances of the module/workshop require a new application. If students will subsequently using data for projects/assignments they must submit their own request form for Research Purposes. Please contact us if you have any queries.

Data will be disseminated on receipt of a fully completed, signed form. Incomplete or unsigned forms will be returned to the data requester for completion.

Please note that any reference to signature and date in this document can be read as meaning the typed name and date where such an application is forwarded electronically. 



Any work based in whole or part on resources provided by the ISSDA, should  acknowledge: “Irish Sports Monitor, 2015" and also ISSDA, in the following way: “Accessed via the Irish Social Science Data Archive -”.

Citation requirement

The data and its creators shall be cited in all publications and presentations for which the data have been used. The bibliographic citation may be in the form suggested by the archive or in the form required by the publication.

Bibliographical citation

Sport Ireland (2019). The Irish Sports Monitor, 2015 [dataset]. Version 1. Dublin: Irish Social Science Data Archive SN: 0050-03  


The user shall notify the Irish Social Science Data Archive of all publications where she or he has used the data.

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