Project Children

Creative Team

Alleycat TV

Production Year

2016

Broadcaster

RTE1, BBCNI

Format

HD

Synopsis

Featuring an interview from President Bill Clinton and one with Michael Keaton pending, this is the extraordinary untold story of how one man set out to do his bit to change the world.

Forty years ago, a New York City cop, frustrated by the daily reports of wanton violence emanating from Northern Ireland, decided he couldn’t stand idly by whilst two communities tore each other apart in what amounted to a civil war, so he came up with a plan.  

Denis Mulcahy, an Irish emigrant, hit upon the idea of taking children - children who he saw on the nightly news manning barricades and throwing petrol bombs - away from the violence and bringing them to America. Once there they could have a summer free from marches, murder and mayhem, a summer where they could get to know their ‘enemy’ neighbours in a neutral environment.  Denis was a decorated bomb disposal expert with the NYPD, but despite his undoubted skill and renown, defusing centuries old tensions in Northern Ireland was to prove his most difficult but ultimately most rewarding under taking.

Forty years since he first decided something had to be done, twenty five thousand children have travelled to America with his ‘Project Children’ initiative.