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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Feisty Jennifer's no ice queen for Don as Failte Towers pair 'de-stress' in Castle

WARM HEART: Ex-Apprentice star Jennifer Maguire has faced the judgse three times on Failte Towers but fellow contestant Don Baker claims she is nothing like her ice-queen reputation
WARM HEART: Ex-Apprentice star Jennifer Maguire has faced the judgse three times on Failte Towers but fellow contestant Don Baker claims she is nothing like her ice-queen reputation

Don Baker may have a fiery relationship with the judges on RTE's Failte Towers but one person he has warmed to is The Apprentice star Jennifer Maguire.

And far from living up to her reputation as an ice queen, the blues singer believes nothing could be further from the truth.

"Jennifer is an absolutely lovely person with a heart of gold," he insisted of his charity work mate.

Annoyance

After his bust up with judge Derry Clarke, programme makers seemed to have become concerned about the level of Don's annoyance during his tribulations as acting manager of the Failte Towers hotel.

They responded by dispatching him to Castle Leslie for a day and a night of pampering to "de-stress".

Speaking to the Herald, Don said he was accompanied to Castle Leslie by fellow participant Jennifer Maguire. Both of them had been in the firing line before the judges on more than one occasion and it was decided to give them both a chance to relax.

"We've both had a lovely time at Castle Leslie. We've had full body massages and other treatments. We also arranged a game of billiards with a €100 wager," said Don.

"All the participants have stepped out of their comfort zones to help their charities," he added.

Now the blues singer hopes Bono and other top musicans will weigh-in to help him in his newly-controversial role on television's Failte Towers.

Don is hopeful the U2 legend and fellow performers will boost his charity's funds and generate more votes to keep him from being fired by the judges.

The guitar and harmonica-playing Dubliner received a number of supportive telephone calls from musicians after his now famous bust-up with judge Derry Clarke on the reality show on Wednesday.

He called the top chef a "bully" in the kitchen of the County Louth hotel in a row which is sure to send the TV ratings soaring.

"I got a call straight after the show from Shane McGowan who told me he thought I was great for standing up for myself," said Don.

McGowan is a friend of Clarke's fellow judge Sammy Leslie, whose family owns the luxurious Castle Leslie hotel in County Monaghan.

He also got a call of support from Christy Dignam of Aslan and snooker star Ken Doherty. He has also received messages of support from Finbar Furey and other Irish singers, he said.

Support

He feels certain his musical colleagues all over the country will now end him their support. His selected charity, Health Action Overseas, which cares for Romanian orphans, has raised more than €17,000 since the show started, he said. He has travelled to Romania and met children who are benefitting from the work of the charity.

It was back yesterday to Failte Towers for another day's work ahead of tonight's broadcast on RTE One at 9.40pm.

Don said he expected to be fully chilled out and mellow on tonight's show.

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