The Chairman and Board of the North Mayo Heritage Centre, and the Kellett family
of Enniscoe House and Enniscoe Estate, wish to celebrate today the awarding of the
Green Flag and the Heritage Flag by An Taisce. The Heritage Flag award has been set up by An Taisce this year, and seven unique sites have been chosen, one of which
is the Enniscoe Estate.
Enniscoe House is recognised as a house of National Importance and has remained
in the same family since it was built. The first house was built in the 1740’s, with a
substantial addition in the 1790’s, transforming it into a classic Georgian house. By
the late 18th Century, the garden walls enclosed three acres, complete with
propagating house and stone built orangery. Gradually over the next 150 years the
gardens and estate took on the appearance that is still evident today.
This year Enniscoe House was chosen by the Georgina Campbell Guide as “Country
House of the Year”, and by the Good Hotel Guide as the Editor’s Choice for a
Fishing Hotel. Susan Kellett and her son, DJ Kellett, have been welcoming visitors to
the house and grounds for nearly forty years.
The North Mayo Heritage Centre, which is located behind Enniscoe House, has been
dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich heritage of the region since the
1990s. The Heritage Centre comprises a Family History Research Unit, holding a
data base of over 1.2 million records, a small museum, café, and conference centre.
NMHC is a member of the Irish Family History Foundation and provides an
international genealogical service through the Roots Ireland website.
I am delighted to see such positive developments for everybody in this community
coming after two very long and difficult years’ said Cllr. Michael Loftus (Chairman)