Just Stay Awhile and take a class.  Essence of Mulranny Arts (E.O.M) offers a variety of workshops, classes and art retreats for groups of 6 to 12 students, at diverse venues in the village . Specialties include fine art Encaustic Painting  (hot wax with pigments), Flamework Glass and Mixed Media assemblage. Talented guest artists bring fresh ideas and innovative experiences.

Mulranny is a small seaside village on Clew Bay in Co. Mayo. It is located at the dramatic west edge of Ireland, the end boundary of Europe. Here land and sea meet at the threshold of a powerful creative adventure. Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain, rises majestically from the sea on the opposite side of the bay.  It is here that the ancients as well as the modern day pilgrims have climbed the steep path to the summit. You can see the small chapel’s reflective glint on the top.

This is sheep country and below the villlage the sheep stand still as the tide comes in over their grazing patch. They have learned to patiently stand and wait for the waters to recede so they can once again graze the salty grass. The rhythm of life here is dominated by these tides, flowing over the white sand beaches and the salt marsh , and then leaving in hasty withdrawal into the vast Atlantic. 

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We invite you to imagine standing on the panoramic hillside above Mulranny and take in the spectacular view of Clew bay and Croagh Patrick.

Notice the profoundly moving drama of constantly shifting Atlantic skies reflecting an ever changing light show on the bay.  Feel the gentle wildness and natural beauty of this unspoiled area and allow it to instil an inspirational flow of creativity into your work.

On a clear night in this designated ‘Dark Skies’ area of Ireland, lay on a blanket in the heather and see the brilliance of stars, or, walk along the rocky shores and listen to the music of the sea. Find yourself letting go of the stress of everyday life and being very present in the moment.

You are warmly invited to stay awhile.


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Lora Murphy

E.O.M. Director and Artist

Lora Murphy was born in Ireland and educated in Ireland, USA and Italy. Trained as an oil painter, she now works primarily in Encaustic and Mixed Media. Lora teaches workshops in contemporary portraiture in Encaustic throughout the world. She joined Cheryl to expand the workshop programs in Mulranny.

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Cheryl Cobern Browne

E.O.M Visionary and Teacher

Cheryl Cobern Browne has been hosting workshops in Mulranny and elsewhere around the world,  since 1992.   Her love of glass, beads, fibre and multimedia art led her to creating the ethos of E.O.M. and inviting people to share in learning and advancing skills with master teachers. 

“Mulranny is a place not just to visit because it is so beautiful, it is to be experienced” she says, “To be in a place providing so much inspiration with varied landscape (and weather) and ever changing sea and sky, is a privilege, and to be able to share it with people who want to create in this space is a real joy.”