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It doesn’t take much for me to start questioning my abilities as a GIYer at this time of the year. I wander around my veggie patch, poking at kale plants with a stick and feeling mightily peeved that there’s nothing much worth eating. And wondering, is there more I could have done? The frustrating thing… Read more »

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Waiting lists will never end under FF & Harney—3,598 wait over three months in Galway Hospitals. Galway West Fine Gael Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has described the latest figures on hospital waiting lists in Galway published this week as proof, yet again, that the Health Minister and the Fianna Fáil Government have no ambition to end waiting lists. Senator… Read more »

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It has been a tough start to December with arctic conditions prevailing and the veggie patch (and everything else) blanketed in up to a foot of the white stuff. Still, the shortest day of the year is on the 21st of this month so if you’re a glass half-full kind of person you can take some… Read more »

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How to care for your Fresh Christmas tree this Festive Season—Horkans Lifestyle & Garden Centre, Lydacan, Claregalway. Quality Irish farmed Christmas trees are the best in the world. The Irish climate is perfect for growing beautifully shaped non shedding Christmas trees so much so that the exporting of quality Irish growing Christmas trees is huge… Read more »

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Seeing that pile of rubble beside the bridge in Claregalway last Sunday reminded me of a time in the mid-seventies, when a small group of men from the parish got together and built a wall. On its own, the wall would not have had any significance. It was hardly twelve feet high and no more than… Read more »

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Director: Lee Unkrich Starring the Voices of: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack Rating: G Where to start? I was six years old when the original Toy Story was released, way back in 1995. Needless to say, I was absolutely captivated like most other people in the world, young and old alike. It was superbly… Read more »

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Director: Nimród Antal Starring: Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace Rating: 15A ‘Predators’ is the latest instalment in the popular sci-fi horror franchise which follows a viscous type of alien that lives for the hunt, and ultimately, the kill. The big change from the previous two films is the setting. Where the 1987… Read more »

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What: The Annual Organic Centre Garden Party 2010 Where: Rossinver, Co. Leitrim When: 18th July 11am – 5pm Guest chef: Neven Maguire Tickets: €8, concession €5, friends and children free The Organic Centre invites to the annual garden party with guided tours, workshops, displays and demonstrations.

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Director: Mike Mitchell Starring the Voices of: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas Rating: G The final chapter of the Shrek series isn’t likely to stay in your memory for long, but it wraps things up nicely after a lacklustre third outing. While not as laugh-out-loud funny as the first two, the newest… Read more »

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Director: Mike Newell Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley Rating: 12A Prince of Persia sets out to recreate the action found in the videogame series and hopefully find a new adventure franchise for cinema-goers. The series creator Jordan Mechner is even on board to help with the story. It proves to be a by-the-numbers… Read more »

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Director: Samuel Bayer Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Thomas Dekker, Clancy Brown Rating: 16 Freddy’s back! Well, he’s been ‘re-booted’ like so many other horror icons recently. Much like last year’s ‘Friday the 13th’, this 2010 reimagining of Wes Craven’s horror classic seeks to inject new energy into the long-running franchise.

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Director: Louis Letterrier Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Gemma Arterton Rating: 12A As a massive fan of the 1981 original, I was very interested to see how the intriguing myth of Perseus would be brought to a 2010 audience. Put simply, I was very pleased.

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