Contact Us

Use the form on the bottom right to contact us (including academic & media enquiries) or email

For those seeking information regarding the data in the records, documented within our archives, you must first register as a member. Please note that there are strict data protection regulations in place regarding access to these records (please read our Data Protection and GDPR policies). For these and ALL genealogical enquiries please use this form (Click the Link) 

We will be shortly opening membership for the ANSEO! Project. Members include volunteers, supporters, sponsors and those wishing to learn more of the records we hold. We appreciate the support both, financial and in volunteering, to help us in our work. Please use the form above if you wish to keep updated on this & other news.

You may also write to: The Manager, The ANSEO! Project,

Moygownagh Community Centre, Moygownagh,

Co. Mayo, Ireland, F26 XRR9.

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Founded by historian & actor Liam Alex Heffron, the ANSEO! project digitally archives our statutory national school records, by gathering the images of each page, of each record book, taken by our enthusiastic volunteers. The result is a unique archive of digital records from primary schools and their communities, holding a wealth of interest for genealogists, academics, historians and any of us who went to school in one of these schools.



The ANSEO! Project - Supported by St Cormac’s Society

In 2015, Liam Alex Heffron, while undertaking his Masters Degree in History, at NUI Galway, discovered the loss of attendance records at his old primary school. With help from the local community and supported by the NUI Galway History department, he set up the ANSEO! project to digitally archive the surviving records of primary schools in North Mayo - West Sligo. "Anseo!" is gaelic for 'here!" and was the response of generations of children, to the morning roll-call in each Irish National school. The project is supported by St Cormac’s Society - dedicated to supporting research into the heritage and history of the communities of Ireland’s North-West.

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Extract page from a School Register.

These attendance records, exam results, registers and inspectors' reports were kept in large record books, in each school, but now, as this work is done online, these books are obsolete and at serious risk of loss, damage or neglect. To save these records, the ANSEO! project has crowd-sourced community trainees, workers and volunteers to photograph over 480,000 images and create the largest digital archive of National School statutory records in Ireland.


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On-site project workers and trainees participating under the Tús community work placement scheme and Rural Social Scheme, provided by Mayo North-East. Website & digital archive design by SeaStack Media, supported by The Heritage Council, under the Department of Arts, Tourism & the Gaeltacht, through the EYCH Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2018. Website registration & digital storage hosting was funded by Creative Ireland Small Grant Fund & Mayo County Council. ANSEO! on-site digital imaging, cataloging and storage under programme advice & consultancy with NUI Galway.

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