Emerald of the Year – Nuala Donnelly


Nuala (Furey) Donnelly was born in Washington Heights, New York in 1963 to Connie and Rosaleen Furey.  They lived in Inwood, New York before moving to Pawling, New York in 1975 where Nuala and her younger brother Conall were raised.

 Growing up first generation Irish, Nuala’s parents made sure she stayed in touch with her Irish roots.  She was a champion step-dancer participating in Feiseanna in the United States, Canada and Ireland with the McLoughlin School of Irish Dancing.  She attempted violin lessons with Martin Mulvihill but that didn’t last too long.

 Nuala met her husband Michael while in high school in Pawling.  They married in 1987 and for a short time lived in Sunnyside, Queens; Yonkers and Carmel before finally settling, in a home they built themselves, in Brewster, New York. This year they are celebrating 30 years of marriage and have two wonderful children, Casey (25) and Michael (14).

 Nuala enjoyed a career of 22 years as a Foreign Exchange Currency Trader in New York City for Bank of America and BNP Paribas.  For the past eight years, she now manages a yoga studio, spa and café – o2living in Cross River, New York.  Talk about a change of pace!

 Nuala has been an active member of the Emerald Association of Putnam County for over a decade. She had been a Board member before serving on the Executive Board as Recording Secretary and is currently Membership Secretary.  Nuala has been instrumental in various committees over the years serving as Dance Chairperson, Feis Entry Chairperson and Scholarship Administrator.  She goes to great lengths to assure she is doing all that she can to aid not only this association, but her community as a whole.

 As a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a friend, few compare to Nuala. She puts her heart and soul into everything she does and does it seamlessly. Being named “Emerald of The Year” is a very special acknowledgement and Nuala is honored and humbled to share this award with her family and friends.