Published 15.07.2019
by Kids’ Own

Remembering Orla Kenny

Dear Friends of Kids’ Own,

It’s very hard to believe, but it is a year ago this week that we lost our former Creative Director, Orla Kenny.  As a way of commemorating her, this week and next we will be posting on this page thoughts, memories and images from some in the Kids’ Own community who knew and worked with Orla.
We send our thoughts this week especially to Orla’s husband and her son, her family and her many friends and colleagues.
On a personal note, I knew Orla only for a short six months before she died, but it was long enough for me to understand the immensity of her vivid presence and, as a result, the immense gap her loss has left in the community she built with her passionate vision for children as active cultural citizens. We try to carry on the work of Kids’ Own with her clarity of vision, her humour and her exacting standards for creative practice as guiding forces.

Alice Lyons (Creative Director, maternity cover).



“To mark Orla’s Anniversary I would like to share a short video” – Kids’ Own Associate Artist, Maree Hensey.