Wednesday 28 September 2016

Transgender boxing promoter Kellie Maloney looking to snap up Irish man at Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Published 19/09/2016 | 07:40

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
Kellie Maloney arriving to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2014
Kellie Maloney

The famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival will have a celebrity visitor when its LGBT section kicks off next month.

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Transgender boxing promoter Kellie Maloney will make her way to the quaint Irish town  in search for an Irish man.

Willie Daly: 'Deep down, every single is hoping to find a partner who will enrich their life. And those who think coming to Lisdoonvarna demeans the idea of finding that partner are people who don't recognise opportunity' Photo: Brian Arthur/ Press 22
Willie Daly: 'Deep down, every single is hoping to find a partner who will enrich their life. And those who think coming to Lisdoonvarna demeans the idea of finding that partner are people who don't recognise opportunity' Photo: Brian Arthur/ Press 22

The Londoner, who managed Lennox Lewis to boxing glory, went to The Outing festival last year and managed to woo a number of potential suitors.

“I had four different Irish men phoning me in the aftermath, one of whom I was planning to travel to Dublin to meet but work got in the way,” she said.

“I have been drawn to Irish men, as my dad was Irish and he could charm anyone. That’s what I like about Irish men.”

Although Kellie, born as Frank in 1953, was a hit with the fellas, Lisdoonvarna’s renowned matchmaker Willie Daly was not able to find a partner for her using his special book system.

“Willie told me that I was his hardest match. He was still trying to understand about Trans issues.

“I’m giving him another chance this year. He is such a lovely person to talk to and has so many stories of all the matches he has done over the years.”

Although Kellie has been in the public eye for years and even had a stint in Celebrity Big Brother, she says she doesn’t really have any special expectations when it comes to finding love.

“Like any other woman out there, I’m looking for trust, intelligence and confidence. Plus they have to be able to put up with me,” she joked.

Kellie Maloney arriving to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2014
Kellie Maloney arriving to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2014

The Outing, which prides itself as the world's first and currently only LGBT matchmaking festival, takes place from the 7th to 9th of October.

A small village in rural Clare might not be the most obvious place to hold a festival for gay people to find romance, but for Kellie, who announced who transition from man to woman in 2014, it was the perfect mix.

“The Outing might have been a little of a culture shock for the locals, but they joined in with all the fun and they were so friendly.

“They made me and others feel so welcome.”

The festiva, now in its fourth year, recently had its first success story, after a lesbian couple who met at it tied the knot.

Figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show there were 91 same-sex marriages last year.

This includes 47 male couples and 44 female couples.

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