The latest Central Statistics Office (CSO) Census 2016 report, focusing on Education, Skills and the Irish Language, may gladden the hearts of Tipperary’s Gaeilgeoirs as it shows that some 42.7% of the county’s population claim to be able to speak Irish, slightly above the national average.
In relation to Tipperary, the report shows that among those aged 15 and over and who had completed their education, the average age of completion was 19.3 years, an increase of 0.7 years on 2011.The average completion age at the national level was 19.9 years.
In Tipperary, 14,218 people (14.2%) indicated that they had completed their education at primary level/had no formal education, while 18,796 (18.7%) did so at lower secondary level and 32,402 (32.3%) did so at upper secondary level. The respective percentages in 2011 were 16.7%,
Females accounted for 59.9% of all graduates, with males comprising 40.1%. Among females, 13,479 (26.7%) had a third-level degree compared with 11,335 in 2011. Among males, 9,030 (18.2%) had a third-level degree compared with 7,766 in 2011. The number of people with a doctorate (Ph.D.) increased by 107 (25.4%) to 528.
Of those aged 3 and over in Co. Tipperary, 65,391 people stated that they could speak Irish in April 2016, a decrease on the 67,338 who stated they could do so in 2011. They comprised 42.7% of the county’s population, compared with 44.4% in 2011. Nationally, 39.8% of those aged 3 and over indicated that they could speak Irish.
The 1,450 people who spoke Irish daily outside of the education system was 142 fewer than in 2011 (-8.9%). They comprised 0.9% of the population aged 3 and over, compared with 1.7% at national level.
The full report can be found at www.cso.ie