THE ladies of Offaly are outperforming their male counterparts in the education stakes.
61% or 4,978 of the 8,203 third level graduates in the Faithful County are female compared with 39% or 3,225 male graduates.
However, the number of people in Offaly with a third level qualification is below the national average.
Results from Census 2011, indicate that 22% of people (aged 15 and over in Offaly) had a third level qualification, compared to 31% for the State as a whole. 17% were college graduates.
21% of Offaly women who’ve ceased full time education were third level graduates compared with 14% of men.
A total of 116 people who had completed their education held a Doctorate (PhD) level qualification.
The social sciences, business and law category was by far the most popular field of study among all those with post-secondary school qualifications in the county, with 3,260 persons holding a qualification in this area.
7,358 persons (15% of those whose full time education had ceased) had completed their full-time education before the age of 16.