TRAILBLAZER: Denis Mulcahy who received a cheque for Project Children from Karl Oakes, Catherine Vint and Russell Rowley of Queen's University Belfast on a visit to the city in 2003 Belfast Media Group

Project Children marks 50, honors Denis, unveils plans for next chapter

A special evening celebrating 50 years of the trailblazing Project Children initiative which united thousands of Irish American families with children of the 'Troubles' is scheduled for Molloy University on Long Island on Wednesday, May 1.

As well as hearing an intimate reflection from founder and NYPD Bomb Squad officer Denis Mulcahy on the Project Children adventure, the evening will also see the unveiling of the next chapter in the charity's story. 

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The evening will kick off with a pre-drinks reception and meet-and-greet followed by a screening of the epic documentary "How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story” at 7 p.m. in the university's Madison Theatre.  


Narrated by Liam Neeson and directed by Des Henderson, the film documents the pursuit of reconciliation in the North of Ireland through the medium of its children.

Offering over 23,000 children a six-week summer reprieve from the conflict in the North, Project Children remains the biggest single project uniting Irish America and Northern Ireland over the past half-century. 

A short question and answer session will follow the screening.

Tickets, priced at $20, are available via Eventbrite.