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Junior Meirelles in Lisbon

Last September we headed over to Lisbon for a week and spent most of the week out in Estoril but had 2 nights in Lisbon itself first.  We managed to track down some live music at OndaJazz one of those nights.  Junior Meirelles played a chilled out solo set which made for a very enjoyable evening. Most of the rest of week was spent surfing so this was a great start to the holiday.  Lisbon and the coast is one place we’re definitely going to head back to.

Haiti Fundraiser in Dublin Feb 4

The charming 2XM DJ Aoife Barry has organised a fundraising night for tomorrow night in The Twisted Pepper in Dublin.  It looks like it’s going to be a great night so get there early as it’s an early gig.  Check out their Facebook page for more details but the highlights are BATS, Hunter-Gatherer & Groom providing the live entertainment with DJ sets from Nialler9, Popical Island Djs & The Mary Jane Girls.  Oh, and it’s really a night to sample the baking delights including vegan and gluten-free options with all money going to GOAL.

Tickets are only €10 but like I said get there early as the bands are on stage from 8pm.

Adding mail to iPhone mail seems to have improved in recent times with increased storage of 1GB.  I’ve never had an account but always marvelled at the horrible interface although this has improved and is more like Yahoo without the needless Yahoo home page.  I was trying to figure out how to add an Eircom mail account to the iPhone for a friend and after a bit of googling and help from Twitter-folk this is my take on it.

If you have no mail account set up you can just touch the Mail app and the screen below will appear.  If you have previous mail addresses, you need to go through Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Add account

Choose ‘Other’.

Choose ‘Add Mail Account’ if options exist.  Put in details for name, address and password.  Choose Save.

On the next screen on the IMAP tab (chosen by default) Incoming Mail Server, enter as the ‘Host Name’.  ‘User Name’ and ‘Password’ are your mail account details.

On the Outgoing Mail Server enter as the Host Name

‘Verifying IMAP account information’ will appear on the screen and may take a few minutes before telling you that it can’t connect using SSL.  Choose Yes to try without SSL.

At this stage you should be able to receive mail whether on wifi or 3G/Edge.  However you will only be able to send mail using the 3G/Edge connection.  If you’re on wifi, you will need to add and turn on other SMTP servers.  Go the Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Your Email Address -> Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) -> Add Server.

I’m on BT so I added  If you are on Eircom broadband, I think it’s but I haven’t confirmed this.  I think you leave each of the SMTP servers on so that sending mail will work depending on what connection you are on.

If you have done all that, why not use Boxcar to set up push notifications for your mail?  Works a treat and it’s free.  I have added in a Twitter account for under €1 so I’m notified of anytime I have a reply or direct message also. I’m @Donal on Twitter if you want to chat there.

As is evident above, I’ve just tried things to make Eircom mail work on the iPhone.  If you see any obvious flaws please leave a comment below.

Fred at Cork Opera House

One of Cork’s finest Fred played a packed show in the Opera House in Cork at the end of November.  I’ve seen them quite a few times over the years, most recently at the Indiependence festival but you can never tire of their live performances.  Fred are making a return to the stage over the coming weeks so check them out.

Tue 29th Dec 2009
Jolly Roger Marquee
Sherkin Island

Wed 30th Dec 2009
INEC Acoustic Club

Sat 2nd Jan 2010
The Lodge

Lots of more photos below.

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The Magic Numbers at Band on the Wall

A few weeks ago I headed over to Manchester for a spot of footie and looked up gig listings for the weekend.  I spotted that The Magic Numbers were playing on the Sunday night so I thought why not?  I didn’t really know much of their stuff but I had heard some songs.  It’s always great to go to a gig with little expectation and be subsequently blown away by the buzz and atmosphere that they generate.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable gig and for those of you luck enough to get a ticket to see them tonight in The Opera House here in Cork as part of the Murphy’s Little Big Nights Out campaign, enjoy!  I, along with 7000 others apparently, unfortunately got a lovely rejection email from Murphy’s.  It felt like a PFO for a job application!

Just a short note on the venue, Band on the Wall, it looks like it has a great line-up with different types of music going on there all the time.  Well worth checking out if you’re in Manchester.

Lots more photos in the full set on Flickr.