A lot of Ann’s experiences are hosted in a quirky creative space called ‘The Hut’ which is available for hire for events.
‘The Hut’ was affectionately christened by locals is in the village of Meigh in the 1940’s. Meigh is situated at the foot of Slieve Gullion Mountain in the heart of the Ring of Gullion. This Nissan hut first began its life on Greencastle air force base in Kilkeel, Co Down, where it was used to house American officers during the Second World War.
St Moninna’s Football club, Killeavy bought and transported the hut in 1946 where it was initially used as a changing room. It then evolved into a community hub and for many year connected local people through activities such as Irish dancing, bingo and whist. The hut lay idle for several years and Ann has been transforming it into a creative healing space.
She has been delivering meditation classes, retreats and immersive experiences here as well as events including a pre-historic pottery workshop, a Ceili and community fund raising projects. For European Heritage Weekend, last year, the hut was open to the public. This was a showcase of the hut and included a historical evening on the origins of the hut including memorabilia.
Last year for European Heritage Weekend on 14th and 15th Sept, the hut hosted an art exhibition, open to the public from 7pm each evening. ‘Peaceful Connections’ was created by local artist Euphemia Murphy where she painted a collection of trees from Slieve Gullion forest using ink, watercolour and acrylic. The hut has also been hired for environmental workshops, parties and as a meeting space.