North Mayo Heritage Centre - preserving local history - Visit North Mayo

Located on the Enniscoe Estate in the grounds of the beautiful Enniscoe House, between Crossmolina and Lahardane in Co. Mayo is the North Mayo Heritage Centre, dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich heritage of the region.

The centre has featured on RTÉ’s Lords and Ladles and on Nationwide. In 2016, their organic garden was shortlisted for an An Bord Bia award.

The People and Places of North Mayo video series met Martina Burke the current manager at The North Mayo Heritage Centre. Martina gives us a look at what makes this such a wonderful place to visit, with its stunning location nestled between Lough Conn and Nephin mountain, there’s much to see and do while visiting the centre.

Presidential Visit

Friday the 14th of April saw the 46th American President, Joe Biden visit North Mayo Heritage Centre. A direct descendant of Edward Blewitt, a brick maker from Ballina, the President was presented with a brick his great, great, great-grandfather had made. Making the presentation were Ernie and Miriam Caffery, who own and run Caffery’s Gallery, which stands on the site of Edward Blewitt’s former home. Ernie removed the brick from the fireplace, which still stands at the at the back of the shop, to give to President Biden.

President Biden receives brick from Ernie and Miriam Caffrey 📷 Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

Whilst at North Mayo Heritage Centre the President also met historians who helped him look more into his family history and showed him some artefacts from The Jackie Clarke Collection that are not normally on display to the public.

Genealogy

The centre has a Family History Research Unit, which provides a genealogy service for clients all over the world.

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.

North Mayo Heritage Centre at Enniscoe House, Crossmolina, Co. Mayo, Ireland
North Mayo Heritage Centre

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. The North Mayo Heritage Centre covers 29 Roman Catholic parishes. It comprising the northern half of County Mayo, from Achill in the west to Carracastle, near Knock Airport, in the east.  The Centre has a number of records sets which are not online. Most of these pertain to the 20th century. The Centre also has access to a local newspaper archive which is very useful for researching. Records for the remaining parishes of Co. Mayo are located at the South Mayo Family History Centre in Ballinrobe.

What type of records are held here?

The North Mayo Heritage Centre hold records a host of records including: 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.

What if I can’t travel to Co. Mayo?

The North Mayo Heritage Centre has 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 its research services are available to you regardless of whether you can travel or not.

Museum and Library

The centre has a small museum of unique and original domestic and agricultural artefacts from North Mayo. It also has and an exhibition area for you to explore on your visit. There is also a forge and craft training centre dedicated to developing skills in ancient and traditional craft. Most of these have come from local homes, businesses and farms in the area. These include an original horse-drawn trap, a set of carpentry and blacksmith tools and even a traditional Poitín (poteen) still.

Blacksmith in the forge

The Don McLane Library is a unique collection of special interest books and records which is open to the public on request.

The Centre also hosts touring exhibitions from national and local cultural institutions throughout the year.

The Irish Hunger Memorial, New York

The Heritage centre displays images from the New York Irish Hunger Memorial. The memorial centre is located in Battery Park, New York. This consists of a re-constructed traditional cottage, which was originally built by the Slack family in Attymass.

North Mayo Heritage Centre Organic Garden

A 3-acre walled Victorian organic garden is located beside the centre. This is one of the oldest in Ireland – which supplies fresh organic produce to individuals and local businesses – you can currently order a veggie box there for collection on Thursdays.  

Gardeners in the Organic garden at North Mayo Heritage Centre Enniscoe House landscape
Gardeners in the Organic garden at North Mayo Heritage Centre Enniscoe House

Café

The on-site café offers homemade soup, freshly baked breads, scones and other tasty treats and uses organic produce from the garden, when available.  On fine days the terrace, which overlooks the garden, is open.

North Mayo Heritage Centre Enniscoe Co. Mayo

Looped Walks

North Mayo Heritage Centre offers lovely short looped walks, perfect for families around the woodlands of Enniscoe House overlooking Lough Conn. Also, watch out for Mayo’s oldest tree, and for Enniscoe’s newest residents, the native red squirrel!

The initial laneway surface is solid and usually dry underfoot. However, it can get wet, muddy and narrow further in, so it is important to wear the right footwear. While dogs are welcome, visitors are kindly asked to keep them under control as there is lots of wildlife in the woods.

Gardens

The Enniscoe Ornamental Garden restored under the Great Gardens of Ireland Programme are open to the public from April to the end of October each year.

The Pleasure Grounds sit on a four-acre site. They are beside the main house and adjoining the walled gardens. In the 19th century the area was laid out with gravel paths, box hedges and ornamental trees in existing woodland. The giant red cedar also continues to flourish and the tree ferns have established themselves. Here you can enjoy the distinctly Victorian atmosphere of the woodland paths and groves.

Events and activities

The Centre hosts various activities throughout the year such as Christmas Market, Boo! Hallowe’en Event, Easter Egg Hunt, Mayo North Old Engine and Tractor Club Vintage Day and numerous other exhibitions, courses and events for all the family.

Contact the North Mayo Heritage Centre:

Visit: www.northmayogenealogy.com 

Email: [email protected]

 Call: +353 (0)96 31809