The North Mayo Heritage Centre
The Family History Research Unit at The North Mayo Heritage and Genealogical Centre is the premier resource for genealogical research in the North Mayo, Ireland. The Family History Research Unit works with clients world wide who are keen to trace their roots from County Mayo.
The Centre has compiled a complete database of all the major genealogical resources relating to North Mayo, most of which are not available online. The database contains 1.2 million records. Records for the remaining parishes of County Mayo are held at the South Mayo Family History Centre in Ballinrobe.
What sort of records do they hold?
The North Mayo Heritage Centre hold records of births, baptisms, marriages, confirmations, consanguinities, deaths, burials, graves, court and land taxation records, some rental records, newspaper records, parish magazines, local history books and access to a vast array of records from overseas, especially the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
The Parishes of North Mayo
Irish records fall into two categories: Church Records and Civil Records. Both use a system of parishes to divide the county into administrative areas.
The North Mayo Heritage Centre cover 29 Roman Catholic parishes which comprise the northern half of County Mayo, from Achill in the west to Carracastle, near Knock Airport, in the east. The Centre have a number of records sets which are NOT online, most of these pertain to the 20th century. The Centre also have access to a local newspaper archive which is very useful for researching.
Can they assist you if you live outside Ireland and unable to travel to Ireland this year?
Absolutely. The North Mayo Heritage Centre have produced all levels of research, from small single issue projects to comprehensive family histories for clients whom we have never met in person, and who have never visited Ireland. All of their research services are available to you regardless of whether you can travel or not.
Museum and Exhibition
The North Mayo Heritage Centre also boasts a museum displaying an impressive array of local farm and household artefacts, a forge and craft training centre dedicated to developing skills in ancient and traditional craft.
Most of the exhibits have come from local homes, businesses and farms in the local area. These include an original horse-drawn trap, a set of carpentry and blacksmith tools and even a traditional Poitín (poteen) still.
The Don McLane Library is a unique collection of special interest books and records which is open to the public on request.
The Irish Hunger Memorial
Photographs of the re-constructed traditional cottage at the memorial centre in Battery Park, New York are held at the heritage centre.
The North Mayo Heritage Centre has a selection of books of local interest available for purchase in the Centre and available online.
Kaffa Coffee Café and Gardens
Kaffa Coffee Café is open from Wednesday to Sundays from 10am to 5pm. On fine days the terrace is open and overlooks the ornamental garden in full bloom. Francis and Maerk who operate the café also produce their own range of coffees all of which are available to buy directly from the café.
The Enniscoe Loop Walks
2.5km and 3.5 km, easy
These woodland walks at the Centre are some of our favourites, not least because you can start and finish it with a coffee and a treat at Kaffa Coffee!
This walk on woodland tracks, gravel and grassy paths through the mature natural woodlands of Enniscoe House Estate, right on the shore of Lough Conn opens up to a clearing by the lakeshore, all rewarded by tea rooms and shop at the end.
The initial laneway surface is solid and usually dry underfoot but can get wet, muddy and narrow further in, so bring the right footwear! The woods are home to the oldest tree in Mayo and are perfect for families to explore – keep an eye out for red squirrels!
Visitors may access the looped walks through the Heritage Centre and Gardens, or they may follow the signs directly from the car park to the woods and lake.
Dogs are welcome, but visitors are kindly asked to keep them under control as there is lots of wildlife in the woods.
Contact the North Mayo Heritage Centre:
The North Mayo Heritage Centre
County Mayo, F26 FR94
Phone: +353 (0)96 31809