Two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Denis Mulcahy brings the Project Children story to Utica


UTICA — When Irish native Denis Mulcahy and a handful of family and friends from Greenwood Lake, New York, first established Project Children in 1975, they could not possibly have envisioned the heights to which the program would grow, nor the ultimate peace it would help broker.

Mulcahy makes a rare upstate appearance from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley on Columbia Street in Utica. He will bring with him the award-winning documentary film, “How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story.”

Filmed in 2017 and narrated by Liam Neeson, it is a great legacy to all who participated in Project Children, including host families, volunteers, the companies that employed Irish interns and the many other Irish organizations that have helped along the way.

From its modest beginnings, Project Children ultimately brought over 20,000 Catholic and Protestant children to suburban US for summer-long visits where they forged unexpected friendships and found they had more in common with the “enemy” than they thought.

The title is more than a metaphor, as the force behind Project Children is Mulcahy, who was at the time a member of the New York City Police Department’s Bomb Squad.

He has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in helping to bring peace to Northern Ireland.

The program will begin with introductions, showing of the film, followed by a question and answer session with Mulcahy in the Irish Cultural Center Event Center. Mulcahy will then adjourn to the Five Points Pub for photo ops and refreshments..

There is no cost to attend, however, donations are encouraged with all proceeds going to the Denis Mulcahy Scholarship.

This scholarship enables American high school students to attend cultural summer courses in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, to better preserve and promote a strong, progressive connection between Ireland and America.

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