Our Beginnings

Aurora was opened in 1966 by the Sisters of Charity in order to provide residential care for children with intellectual disabilities.

Located in a central campus on the Kells Road in Kilkenny, it initially supported 25 children, and over the years became home to 95 adults and young people with significant challenges.

2001 - 2016

In 2001, the governance and running of the service was transferred to Aurora and, from 2016, the organisation began the process of “decongregation”; adopting the national policy to move from a central campus to smaller homes tailored to meet the individual needs of residents.

2020 and Beyond

At the end of 2020, Aurora completed that process and now consists of 24 community houses, each one housing between one and four people, and all focused on the key task of enabling residents to live their fullest and happiest lives.

What We Do