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Irish Sports Monitor 2017


Sport Ireland

Subject Keywords: Participation in sport
Topic: Obesity
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

•43% of the population regularly participate in sport. This is at the same level as in 2015indicating that participation in sport is unchanged in an improving economic environment where people may have more time pressures

•While 8 out of the 10 most popular sports are those typically participated in on an individual basis, there has been an increase in the proportion participating in sport with other people in a casual social or organised basis

•Gender gap in sports participation (4.5%) is narrower now than at any point since the ISM was introduced in 2007 when it was 15.7%

•Increased participation among females aged 45 and older means that they are now more likely to participate in sport than males of the same age

•Those with a long term illness or disability are less likely than others to participate in sport, and those that do participate in sport are less likely to participate in a group/team setting

•Persistent social gradient remains, with lower levels of sports participation among those who are unemployed, those on lower incomes and those with no third level education



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Sport Ireland. (2018) Irish Sports Monitor 2017 [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 18th October 2019].


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