As the calendar turns to a new year, and New South Wales and Queensland struggle with a new Covid-19 breakouts, we are also thinking about Ireland. We learn that the country reported 1,754 new cases on New Year’s Eve; there were 11 deaths, bringing the total for the pandemic to more than 2,250. Those figures, which have increased since then, are in a population about one-fifth that of Australia whose Covid-19 deaths remain under 1000 in total. With that cautionary observation, Tinteán sends out hope that science will win in this latest battle with nature, and that the vaccine speeds its way across the universe to all of us.

And we start 2021 with a call: are you, or someone you know, interested in submitting an item for Tinteán? We would welcome material that relates to Ireland and Australia and the connections, historical and current, between the two countries.

What you submit can be fiction or non-fiction and we like to keep our articles between 500 and 2000 words. If you have a story and are not sure if it will suit, we would be happy to help you get it into shape for publication at no cost. Unfortunately, as a voluntary group, we are unable to pay for submissions published in Tinteán.

If you are interested, please contact us at info@tintean.org.au