Curragh Movie Night: Waking Ned

Waking Ned Devine
James Ryland, Paddy Ward, David Kelly and Ian Bannen in Waking Ned.

This week’s movie night at the Curragh Irish Pub and Bistro in Nairobi is the 1998 Irish comedy Waking Ned (titled Waking Ned Devine in North America) by English writer and director Kirk Jones.

When best friends Jackie O’Shea (Ian Bannen) and Michael O’Sullivan (David Kelly) discover someone in their small Irish village has won the lottery, they immediately set off to see if the winner is in a sharing mood. Deducing that Ned Devine is the lucky man, O’Shea and O’Sullivan pay him a visit, only to find him dead from shock. Since Devine is the only one who can claim the prize, the townsfolk band together to convince the claim inspector that O’Sullivan is really Devine, and split the cash.

David Kelly was nominated for a Screen Actors’ Guild award for his role as Michael O’Sullivan and although the film is set in Ireland, it was in fact filmed in the Isle of Man with the village of Cregneash standing in for the fictional Irish village of Tulaigh Mhór.

Waking Ned grossed $24.8 million domestically, and $30.4 million internationally, for a grand total of $55.2 million worldwide. It also inspired the Bollywood blockbuster Malamaal Weekly.

The showing begins tonight (Tuesday, 10 October) at 7.30pm with Irish Beef Stew available for Ksh900. For more information, call 0724-902068 or email