Nelson, Maureen Tara
Professional matchmaker, advice columnist, winner of Best Matchmaker of the Year for 2009 by "The Long Island Press", and founder of Maureen Tara Nelson Private Matchmaking, Inc., Nelson has over 1,000 success stories in the past nine years.
A second generation Irish American, Nelson’s maternal grandmother hailed from Knock, County Mayo.
“I am very proud to say I am Irish. I am equally as proud to be called by many ‘The Irish Matchmaker.’ My mother, Margaret O’ Donnell was very Irish. We grew up in a very Irish, loving home,” says Nelson.
The SUNY Farmingdale and University of South Florida graduate is mother to Brendan and Ryan. Although Nelson has never been to Ireland, she says it is her “biggest dream” to go.
Nelson’s mother and aunt, Patricia, were famous Irish stepdancers who performed as the O’Donnell Sisters. They danced on the radio and were in a movie called "The Hills of Ireland."
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