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Sammy Leslie
Residence Castle Leslie, County Monaghan
Nationality Irish
Occupation Hotelier
Employer Self-employed
Known for Castle Leslie, Fáilte Towers

Sammy Leslie is a female Irish hotelier, media personality and reality television show judge. She is the trustee of the Castle Leslie estate in County Monaghan, being responsible for a hotel, a spa, an equestrian centre and an organic cookery school. She acted as a judge alongside celebrity chef Derry Clarke and former female radio and television presenter Bibi Baskin in the RTÉ One reality television series Fáilte Towers. She has also appeared on television programmes such as the RTÉ One series The Restaurant, where she appeared as a guest critic, and radio programmes such as the RTÉ Radio 1 programme Conversations with Eamon Dunphy.

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Career

Leslie is trustee to the Castle Leslie Estate, which her family have inhabited since 1665.[1] During her early twenties, Leslie began reornaising the estate, which at that stage was not in the best state of any business.[1] She set up a tearoom and through that venture raised funds to repair a broken roof.[1] She also cleaned the toilets.[1] Castle Leslie is now better known for being the venue of the wedding of ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and the former model and charity campaigner Heather Mills in 2002.[1] The estate now has a total of 164 employees.[1]

Leslie was a judge in the Fáilte Towers television programme which was broadcast in August 2008.[1]

On 16 November 2008, she was guest critic in an episode of the RTÉ television programme The Restaurant, an episode whose gust chef was Michael Healy-Rae.[2]

Personal life

In an edition of the RTÉ Radio 1 programme Conversations with Eamon Dunphy, presented by Eamon Dunphy and broadcast on Saturday 27 October 2007, Leslie spoke of her close relationship with her father, Desmond Leslie, who was a writer and an RAF pilot, her unusual family life and her experiences being reared in the castle.[3 ] As her choice of music leslie opted for the Cat Stevens song "Father and Son", a small snippet of the film music or "musique concrete" composed by Desmond Leslie for the film The Day the Sky Fell in, "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" by Cole Porter, Alanis Morissette's "Let's Fall in Love" and the Tom Baxter song "Better".[3 ]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Judges". RTÉ. Accessed 25 April 2009.
  2. ^ "Michael Healy-Rae". RTÉ. Accessed 16 November 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Conversations with Eamon Dunphy". RTÉ. Accessed 25 April 2009.

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