St. Patrick’s Day pick: Waking Ned Devine (1998)

If you’re looking for a movie to get you in the Irish spirit for St. Paddy’s Day, I’ve got a suggestion for you. It’s funny, heartfelt, and charming, and I feel that more people ought to know about it.

Waking Ned Devine is set in a little Irish village called Tully More, where the elderly Ned Devine wins the lottery, but dies from the shock of it. The rest of the village then elects Michael O’Sullivan (David Kelly, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) to impersonate the deceased Ned, collect the winnings, and split it amongst the members of the village.

Much of the film’s appeal lies in its simplicity. In contrast to most films nowadays, it has virtually no special effects. Its plot, however whimsical, is grounded in the simple lives of the folks of Tully More. The lush landscapes and traditional music round out the film, making it a treat to watch again and again.

This is one the whole family can enjoy, though it may be a little slow-paced for the younger ones. I’d recommend it to anyone in need of a smile.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! Sláinte!


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