Sammy Leslie, Guardian of Castle Leslie Estate. The Castle Leslie Estate, Co. Monaghan is one of only a small number of the Great Irish Estates still in the hands of its founding family. The estate was first established in 1665. Sammy Leslie returned home to Ireland to run the estate with her siblings in 1991 at the age of 24. In 2001, she took over the castle's full ownership and established it as a Trust.
Castle Leslie Estate has evolved into a multi-award winning country house estate hotel, complete with a world-class equestrian centre, a converted lodge complete with accommodation, spa, bar and restaurant and self-catering cottages on the Estate.
Sammy first initiated the concept of the Leslie Foundation in 2012 as a vehicle to protect and share the natural and built heritage of Castle Leslie Estate, Glaslough village and the surrounding region. She has acted as a Trustee of Birr Castle for the past 20 years and the Irish Heritage Trust for 10 years.
It was her sister Antonia’s support of Pamela Izevbekhai and her daughters that made Sammy aware of the plight of those living with or fearing FGM. With her experience in the non-profit sector, she was able to offer her support in setting up the Ifrah Foundation and to help support Ifrah's goal of ending FGM for good.
Ifrah loves spending time with Sammy when she is in Ireland and they enjoy sharing recipes and cooking Somali and Irish foods. Ifrah makes a mean pancake.