* Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession – Writing.ie
* The Dark Room by Sam Blake
• Goodbye 2020: Strawberry Wine, Pandemic Time
* Hag’s Well by Honor Ní Fhachtnáin.
Cover illustration by Tina Lawlor Mottram.
Lockdown cheer from Tír na nÓg in Galway.
Tír na nÓg, which means Land of the Young in Irish, is a new magazine for contemporary literature and art, founded in 2020 by Anet Rumberg, Siobhan Brew and Lisa Heuchemer.
Tír na nÓg magazine is the result of a social media call for submissions on Instagram and Twitter in Lockdown. The founders felt very lucky that many artists, authors and local organizations in Galway supported the venture by sharing their open call. “We are still overwhelmed with how many amazing submissions we received. Lockdown puts no stop to creativity and this in what our first issue mirrors” say the founders.
The opening launch was held in a small gallery in Galway (during Level 3 restrictions) in December. Most print issues were packed and delivered from their own homes so this is a labour of love, and eBooks are available on their website www.tirnanoglit.com.
Their focus is on art and literature from Galway, Ireland whereby local and international perspective, enter a dialogue.
About the Author Honor Ní Fhachtnáin was born in London and raised in County Galway. A student of Drama, Classics and Celtic Civilisation at NUIG, she writes about rural life, childhood, language, and sexuality in the West of Ireland.
About the Artist Tina Lawlor Mottram studied Art at the Limerick College of Art and the London College of Printing. She exhibits widely in solo and group shows, usually with an environmental theme. The cover artwork, a hand tinted linocut, is part of her “Black Madonna” series, which draws from sculptures the artist encountered in Dublin and on her travels. Tina also writes for academic journals and magazines.