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Developer: Square Enix Publisher: Square Enix Rating: 16 Final Fantasy XIII is likely to polarize the fans of this beloved franchise. It takes an extremely streamlined approach to what people know about the immensely customisable and tactical games which have come before it.

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Director: Martin Scorsese Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley Rating: 15A Martin Scorsese’s latest sees him once again reunited with Leonardo DiCaprio for the mystery-thriller Shutter Island. Based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, the film deals with the arrival of U.S. Marshal Ted Daniels to Shutter Island, where… Read more »

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It was County Mayo I was born in, Under the sign of a Horologist star, At dawn on a cold frosty morning Near to a town called Ballina. I roamed the byways of Connaught Practising my clockmakers art, The skill of my hands all sought— They knew I was good at my craft. Odd kinds… Read more »

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The classification of obesity (in adults) is usually based on the measurement of body mass index (BMI). BMI = weight (KG) divided by height (M) squared. < 20 = underweight >20-25 =  healthy weight >25-30 =  overweight > 30 = obese

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Director: Joe Johnston Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving Rating: 16 Remakes and re-imaginings are all the rage these days. Thankfully, 2010’s ‘The Wolfman’ can stand apart as one that is genuinely enjoyable. It follows the attempts of Lawrence Talbot

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Director: Neil Blomkamp Starring: Sharlto Copely, Jason Cope Rating: 15 When District 9 was released in cinemas last year, it was a very pleasant surprise. The film managed to draw me in right from the get go, and its original premise works just as well on DVD.

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Developer: Valve Publisher: Valve Rating: 18 Valve’s blood-soaked follow-up to last year’s ‘Left 4 Dead’ should satisfy any fan of the original. Taking the apocalypse to the southern states of the U.S. provides an interesting scenery change for the series. There are four new characters for players

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Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Rating: 3+ New Super Mario Bros. Wii is Nintendo’s first side-scrolling Mario game for a home console since the Super Nintendo days. Players who indulged in the addictive New Super Mario Bros. for the DS a few years back will know what to expect

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Developer: Naughty Dog Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment Rating: 16 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is the sequel to 2007’s fantastic ‘Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune’. Naughty Dog are veterans in the videogame industry, having previously started such lucrative franchises as ‘Crash Bandicoot’ and ‘Jak & Daxter’.

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Growing your very own potatoes is both simple and very rewarding; Potatoes come in a wide choice of varieties and flavours with something to suit all tastes. Horkans range of Seed potatoes has been carefully selected to suit the growing conditions in the west of Ireland and to ensure the best varieties for flavour and… Read more »

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What are leg cramps? Leg cramps are common. The cause is not known in most cases. However, some drugs and diseases sometimes cause leg cramps. Regular calf stretching exercises may prevent leg cramps. Quinine tablets may be advised as a last resort if you have cramps regularly. A leg cramp is a pain that comes… Read more »

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The following poem was written by local resident Maura Kavanagh, following the death of Claregalway’s Parish Priest, Father Noel Mullin. No Noel This Christmas We survived without you Oh God how we missed you this Christmas gone; Like a ship on a starless night you sailed beyond the horizon Silently, no ripples, no limelight No gong… Read more »

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