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Project Children founder discusses diffusing tensions in Northern Ireland

Mount film screening features Q&A with Denis Mulcahy
October 16, 2017
NEWBURGH -

At the recent screening of How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story at Mount Saint Mary College, left to right: Charles Zola, chair of the Division of Philosophy and Religious Studies, associate professor of philosophy, and director of the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute; Jeanne Conboy, administrative assistant of the Catholic and Dominican Institute; Denis Mulcahy, founder of Project Children; and Michael O’Keefe, executive director of Operations and Risk Management at the Mount.

At the recent screening of How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story at Mount Saint Mary College, left to right: Charles Zola, chair of the Division of Philosophy and Religious Studies, associate professor of philosophy, and director of the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute; Jeanne Conboy, administrative assistant of the Catholic and Dominican Institute; Denis Mulcahy, founder of Project Children; and Michael O’Keefe, executive director of Operations and Risk Management at the Mount.

 

Denis Mulcahy, an Irish immigrant and the subject of the riveting documentary How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story, shared his insights at a screening of the film at Mount Saint Mary College on Sunday, October 15. 

How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story reveals how Mulcahy, an NYPD bomb disposal expert, played a key role in helping to defuse the decades long “Troubles” in Northern Ireland. In 1975, Mulcahy decided he couldn’t stand idly by while Northern Ireland was in turmoil. Along with his family and neighbors in New York, he started a movement that would see 23,000 children escape the worst of the violence, and in the process, discover they had more in common with the “enemy” at home than they thought.

After the film viewing, Mulchay discussed the creation of Project Children and answered audience members’ questions, revealing how his actions helped to pave the way for a more peaceful Northern Ireland. 

The screening was sponsored by the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute and Division of Education.