The history of Castle Leslie in Glaslough goes back to 1665 and the history of the
Leslie family much further back and through all the centuries that history has been
a remarkable and intriguing story. Its fame was known all over the world and celebrities
in the world of Art, the world of politics and the world of music spent time in the
Castle and loved its beauty and its other worldly setting. The troubles in Ireland,
the downturn of the economy and the changing expectations of people combined to make
the maintenance of the Castle a very difficult if not impossible task with the result
that it lost its glamour and fell into disrepair. In 1991 Sammy was handed the reins
and immediately she began what has been a massive renovation and renewal of the Castle.
In 1992 she began with Tea-rooms, which in turn produced the income to allow her
to go on to the next project of repairing the roof and then the bedrooms and the
kitchen and simultaneously the gardens, the Hunting Lodge and the Equestrian Centre.
Then the wedding began and Paul McCartney and Heather Mills decided on Castle Leslie
as their wedding venue and Castle Leslie was seen the world over and could never
be the same again. Now it is a mecca for visitors from all over the world. Through
the last 25 years Sammy would claim that it could not have happened were it not for
the wonderful, faithful and hard-working staff employed in the Castle, most of whom
were from the locality and had a great sense of loyalty to the Leslie family and
the Castle. As a way of recognising the input of these employees and to say 'Thank
you' Sammy decided to have a celebration with afternoon tea and this was held on
Wednesday, May 10th 2017. Former workers and friends were invited to the Castle and
it was a fantastic reunion of people with their own stories and all with great memories
of their time in the Castle. The loyalty of the staff was evident from the huge number
of former staff who returned and the close bond of friendship between them. It was
a fabulous occasion and the Castle was looking resplendent in the beautiful summer
weather. Sammy thanked everyone who had helped in any way to develop the Castle over
the past 25 years and she cut a specially made cake in a traditional Leslie way.
The event will be a great and lasting memory for all who attended.