Category Archives: Ireland

Adding Eircom.net mail to iPhone

Eircom.net 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 webmail.eircom.net as the ‘Host Name’.  ‘User Name’ and ‘Password’ are your mail account details.

On the Outgoing Mail Server enter smtp.o2.ie 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 mail.iol.ie.  If you are on Eircom broadband, I think it’s smtp.eircom.net 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
Killarney

Sat 2nd Jan 2010
The Lodge
Mallow

Lots of more photos below.

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Julie Feeney at The Pavilion

Julie Feeney at The Pavilion

The delectable Julie Feeney played in the Pavilion in Cork a couple of weeks ago.  Having heard her song Impossibly Beautiful a few times including on the Late Late Show the week before where Julie sported a house on her head!  The night was a mixture of the surreal and delightful intertwined with a horrible feeling that Julie’s massive heels would have her tumbling from the stage as she climbed over the barriers.  For one of the more memorable songs called Myth Julie went amongst the audience whispering into peoples’ ears which made for a dramatic effect as she wandered from person to person.  Throughout, the band members played a selection of instruments and were all highly-talented making the night all the more enjoyable.  If you get a chance to see her play live, do it!

Julie Feeney at The Pavilion

Julie Feeney (Band) at The Pavilion

Julie Feeney at The Pavilion

Julie Feeney at The Pavilion

See a few more photos in the full set on Flickr.

Carlsberg Comedy Festival in Dublin

Tim Minchin at Carlsberg Comedy Festival

We were watching Tim Minchin on the telly back in July and just for the laugh Googled him to see if he was playing anytime soon.  We were heading up to Dublin for the U2 concert on the Saturday and sure enough Tim Minchin was playing on Sunday as part of the Carlsberg Comedy Festival.  I don’t think much needs to be said about this genius except to say that his show absolutely wowed us.

As if the musical comedic delights of Tim Minchin weren’t enough for us, Des Bishop was the 2nd headliner on the bill.  I’ve never seen Des live but I’ve enjoyed his shows on telly, each concept show getting that bit more involved and entertaining.  He’s got a certain stage presence and while he didn’t play any instrument, he toyed with the audience.  In particular, one lady who wanted to take part in the show after one too many glasses of wine.  Her “I paid for you” comment was the ultimate invitation to take the complete mickey out of her and Des obliged to everybody’s delight except hers.  Is binn béal ina thost, as the good man would say himself.

Des Bishop at Carlsberg Comedy Festival

Michael Mee was the MC for the evening.  The Corkman did a fine job of getting the crowd in the mood with his self-deprecating style.  I wouldn’t mind seeing him in action doing his own show.

Michael Mee at Carlsberg Comedy Festival

There was a great buzz around the Iveagh Gardens where the festival was held.

Carlsberg Comedy Festival Dublin

Carlsberg Comedy Festival Dublin

Carlsberg Comedy Festival Dublin

Carlsberg Comedy Festival Dublin

Super Furry Animals at Indiependence

Super Furry Animals at Indiependence

Super Furry Animals finished up what was a great Indiependence festival this year in Mitchelstown.  After waiting for what seemed like an age, in the rain, the Furries came out on stage.  In spite of the “WOAH!” sign, these was little enthusiasm shown by the lads as they came slowly bounding onto stage.  I really enjoyed their set when they finally got going although I have to admit flaking off early after a day in the rain.  Wimp, I know!

Super Furry Animals at Indiependence

Super Furry Animals at Indiependence

Super Furry Animals at Indiependence

Here’s looking forward to a dry festival next year!  I hope the same venue is used again as it really made the festival.