An Tobar Wellness Centre & Social Farm is a not-for-profit social enterprise, set up by sisters Margaret Finnegan and Kathleen Finnegan-Agnew in April 2018.
”Having spent almost 30 years in the retail horticulture business we felt it was time to change, to give back to the community…”
An Tobar Wellness Centre and Social Farm is situated within the Ring of Gullion in South Armagh, a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), offering a venue rich in cultural heritage and unique, ancient landscapes.
The land on which An Tobar resides has been farmed by the Finnegan family for over 300 years. Alongside untouched Famine Rigs, evidence was also found by archaeologists of Ancient Iron Age settlements on the land, through the discovery of Iron Age quern stone circa 3000BC, now in the National Museum of Ireland.
The former site of award-winning Finnegan’s Garden Centre & Nursery includes extensive horticultural facilities, established gardens, a forty acre working farm, tearoom with catering and event facilities, and a native woodland of over 14,000 native trees.
An Tobar means ‘The Well’ or ‘Well-spring’ and takes its name from a well on our farm that our grandfather and our ancestors used for ‘healing’ or cures.
”Having spent almost 30 years in the retail horticulture business we felt it was time to change, to give back to the community and work in new ways that were more fulfilling personally and would allow us to get back to the basics of gardening and connecting to nature.
We always knew that there was an element of healing and wellbeing here. People for years had been telling us how therapeutic it is and how being here makes them feel good.”