Sunday 22 April 2018

Kellie Maloney heading to Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in hopes of finding love

Kellie Maloney
Kellie Maloney
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Kellie Maloney has revealed she hopes to find love at this year's Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in Co Clare.

Kellie (61) lived as boxing promoter Frank Maloney until her transition just four months ago and now she says she's ready to find love.

"Someone mentioned it to me and said if I was ever looking for romance, that's where I should go," she told the Irish Daily Star.

"Then I read an article about it in one of the English newspapers and I was intrigued so I've decided that I would like to find out what it's all about."

Kellie revealed she has already had a phone consultation with famous matchmaker Willie Daly although she did not reveal her true identity.

"I believe he has a 70 per cent strike rate so I'm very hopeful," she said.

The annual matchmaking festival takes place from August 28 to October 4 and Kellie plans to visit from September 25 to October 4.

She also hopes to attend the LGBT event The Outing, hosted by Panti Bliss, which takes place October 2-4 and is part of the matchmaking festival.

"I would love to be there for that," she said, "That's if I haven't already found love the first week!"

Kellie, who had coached Lennox Lewis to become World Champion, and Irish boxer Darren Sutherland, retired from the world of boxing in late 2013.  Less than a year later she announced her decision to transition.

She charts her journey in her autobiography Frankly Kellie which was published last month.

Earlier this year she told The Anton Savage Show on Today FM that she was miserable as Frank and looking back, she “saw such sadness in his eyes”. But that’s all changed for the better since her transformation:

“I’ve never been so happy and contented," she maintained. "I think I’ve closed the door on Frank. Now I look at everything around me and I see life in technicolour now”.

Maloney said the support within the boxing world has been uplifting.

“Lennox [Lewis] put out a statement and set the tone. He was praiseworthy, said how brave I was.  Kellie joked: Who’s gonna argue with Lennox Lewis?!”

She also recently offered advice for form Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner before he underwent gender reassignment to become Caitlyn.

“Bruce really needs to stop worrying about being a reality TV star and think about himself. He needs to concentrate on his transition fully,” Kellie told The Mirror.

“What Bruce is going through is hard and I sympathise.”

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