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Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc. along with the Irish American Heritage Museum, the Albany AOH and LAOH, and the Watervliet AOH are honored to host a meet and greet along with a viewing of “How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story”, a powerful feature documentary film that celebrates the unsullied hard work and dedication of the Project Children Charity and one of its founding members, Denis Mulcahy, a retired and highly decorated NYPD Bomb Squad Officer who has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The film documents the pursuit of reconciliation in Northern Ireland, through the medium of its children. Offering over 22,000 children a six-week summer reprieve in upstate New York from the intrinsic, sectarian violence of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, this extraordinary tale resonates to all that is good in this world.

The event will take place on Wednesday, March 1 at Colonie Senior Service Center’s Beltrone Living Center, 6 Winners Circle, Albany, and will consist of a meet and greet reception with Denis Mulcahy from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., the viewing of the documentary from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and a question-and-answer period afterward. We are anticipating a large turnout. There is no fee to attend.

About the Film
Narrated by Liam Neeson and written/directed by Des Henderson, “How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story” is an inspiring documentary focusing on the Project Children charity, whose work aimed at enlightening children of “The Troubles” that a non-violent existence was feasible and peace in Northern Ireland was possible once you embrace the other side.

The film hosts interviews from Denis Mulcahy and his brother, Pat Mulcahy, who along with others, founded the charity in 1975. It also offers raw accounts on the experiences of the host families and the now adults, who participated as kids in the program. The dip back in time to the interview archives from the 1970’s offers powerful accentuation of the impact this program has had on the direction of so many lives. Former US President, Bill Clinton is also featured in the film, following Denis’ fundamental role in the work of reconciliation in Northern Ireland, along-side Mr. Clinton.

“How to Defuse a Bomb” is a formidable film that tells the authentic story of real people, whose lives are now changed forever. It is imperative for the world to see this show. Although its predominant focus is on Northern Ireland, the documentary’s message highlights the need for a cohesive, visionary approach to surpass the complications of conflict.

For questions or additional information, please contact Diane at (518) 459-2857 ext. 305.