Irish Person of the Year – Jackie Nelon

Irish Person of the Year 2012-2013 Jackie Nelon

Jackie Nelon - Irish Person of the Year 2012

The Irish Person of the Year (IPOY), is the IAS’ annual award to one of its outstanding members. The award recognizes the recipient’s commitment to the promotion of the social and cultural goals not only of the Irish American Society but also of those of other Irish organizations in the area.

This award recognizes Jackie’s significant and ongoing contributions to the Irish American Society itself and to the broader Irish-American community in North Texas. Her enthusiastic support of all aspects of Irish culture and for Irish organizations is constant and contagious. Jackie is the 25th recipient of the Irish Person of the Year award, which was first bestowed in 1988.


Jackie’s Bio

Being of two Irish parents, Jackie started her love of Ireland at a very young age.  At the age of 11 months, she was in Ireland to celebrate her first birthday with her mother’s family in Dublin, Ireland.  She has returned to Ireland almost every year since.

Her two children are currently in college pursuing their higher education.  In 2006, her son made his first trip to Ireland and fell in love with the country and his Irish heritage, as his mom did.

Her family joined the IAS in 1985 and in 2005, she became the Chair of the Texas Rose of Tralee Committee.  She holds this position very dear to her heart and looks forward each year to celebrating with the Texas Rose of Tralee in County Kerry, Ireland.

In 2009, she was selected by the “Irish Echo” magazine as one of the ten to receive the Texas Irish Leaders Award.

As a member of the Irish American Society, she, and her family, have made many wonderful friends.  We have tons of brilliant memories and look forward to having many more.

Being selected as the 2012 IPOY and sharing this honor with this special group of individuals and her mother, who was the 2007 IPOY, is an honor that she will always treasure.

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