Saturday 10 December 2016

Kellie Maloney: 'I had four phone calls from Irish guys' after Lisdoonvarna LGBT Matchmaking Festival

Published 05/10/2015 | 11:36

Kellie Maloney with ‘Louis’ enjoying the matchmaking festival in Lisdoonvarna yesterday
Kellie Maloney with ‘Louis’ enjoying the matchmaking festival in Lisdoonvarna yesterday

Kellie Maloney, formerly known as Frank, visited The Outing Lisdoonvarna LGBT Music & Matchmaking Festival in hope of finding love.

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Formerly known as a boxing promoter, Kellie fully transitioned over a year ago and is determined to educate people about transgenders.

The London native told Today FM presenter Anton Savage that she had an amazing time at the Co Clare event.

"What was really nice was to see the new and old mixing together," she told the radio presenter. "The older generation and the younger generation, you know. For some of the older generation...it might have been a little of a culture shock to them to see so many colourful guys and girls all dancing with each other of the same sex...but they were just coming in and joining in and they were being so friendly. It really is a lesson to other places in the world, I believe.”

Christina Riley, Miss Panti, Kellie Maloney and Eddie McGuiness at The Outing LGBT festival in Lisdoonvarna. Photos: Brian Farrell
Christina Riley, Miss Panti, Kellie Maloney and Eddie McGuiness at The Outing LGBT festival in Lisdoonvarna. Photos: Brian Farrell

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Describing the festival’s vibe Kellie told Anton “it’s just pure happiness and enjoyment and it’s in very good taste as well.”

Kellie Maloney
Kellie Maloney

Asked if she had met anyone while at the event, Kellie said: “I never met anyone in person, but I had four phone calls from four different Irish guys. One has phoned me at least five times, and has invited me over to meet him... (He’s called me five times) in less three days!”

Kellie added that she hopes to meet the mystery man soon.

“Yeah, I said I’d come over and meet him and Dublin and go for a meal. Yeah, I mean, friendship is very important and getting to know people to me is very important. It’s just great if I can sit and chat to someone and explain what it’s like and what I’ve been through and they understand. It’s helping other people going through the same things that I’ve been through in my life.”

Kellie (62) added that she would "definitely" be going back to the festival next year.

Kellie Maloney, formerly know as boxing promter Frank Maloney, arriving at the Late Late Show at RTE in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Kellie Maloney, formerly know as boxing promter Frank Maloney, arriving at the Late Late Show at RTE in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

"It’s one of the best events I’ve been to, so well organised and so well run," she praised.

Kellie hopes that festivals in the UK will follow suit and learn something from their Irish counterparts.

Kellie Maloney with ‘Louis’ enjoying the matchmaking festival in Lisdoonvarna yesterday
Kellie Maloney with ‘Louis’ enjoying the matchmaking festival in Lisdoonvarna yesterday

“We have different things, that if I’m honest, they’re not as friendly and not as interlinked between both groups of society.

"I think there’s something about Lisdoonvarna, the views and the surrounding areas that make it magical and mysterious, to me anyway," Kellie concluded.

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