For the best Aussie Bar and Irish Bar in one place in Northern Virginia look no further than Ned Devine's / Ned Kelly's! As you enter on the left you will find a cozy Aussie themed bar. Or if you choose to enter on the right a spacious Irish Pub awaits you. If the open air is more your style then you will enjoy our large patio area!
Ned's is a great place for family dining, happy hour get togethers, live music, and watching the Sunday game with the lads. For more romantic dining we offer our couples the warmth of our large hearth. At Ned's we offer our guests "Entertainment Seven Nights a Week!"
Our delicious menu is filled with hearty Irish, Australian, and American fare that is sure to please any size appetite.
If sports is your thing... watch your favorite international or domestic sporting event on any of our 45 HD TV's. We also now have our new Sports Bar!
Throwing a party? Then we should be your venue of choice! We have have a seperate private bar for parties that can hold up to 200 people!
At Ned Devine's we have something for everyone!
Waking Ned Devine has been a surprise hit for writer/director Kirk Jones who debuts with this light-as-a-feather comedy. It is hard to imagine anyone not having a good time meeting the charming and mischievous Irish men and women in their town of Tulaigh Morh, population 52 - at least at the start of the action. One or two are lost as the story unfolds. The plot is simple, but provides a framework for excellent character building. David Kelley and Ian Bannen, as a pair of old friends scheming for a share of lottery winnings, are both totally delightful, turning Hollywood on its youth obsessed head, and proving that a movie focusing on older folks can be deliciously entertaining. The sight of Kelley riding his motor bike stark naked through the Irish hills is not one viewers will quickly forget. Deeply lined faces, craggy noses, bad teeth, sagging bodies - a lot closer to reality for most people than the buffed clones who all seem to look alike these days. There is a romantic subplot involving an unwed mother, a pig farmer, and a local Lothario, providing some diversity to the humor. There is a wise young lad who offers some wisdom to the naive village priest. There is also some lovely scenery of the countryside and seacoast (actually filmed on the Isle of Man) - but Jones has the restraint to show us just enough, to avoid the picture postcard syndrome, and, with well paced editing, he keeps things moving right along. A score of Irish music provides appropriate accompaniment with a particularly lovely bit of mournful pipe playing at a funeral. The film does nothing to dispel the stereotype of the Irish as uninhibited imbibers. The success of Waking Ned Divine rests in its director's clear understanding of what he has set out to do. While made to the finest current technical standards, the film does not pretend for one moment to be anything more than it is - a lark peopled by some gently zany folks who give us gleams of recognition of ordinary foibles. It is the lack of pretense and Jones' light touch that allows this confection to float successfully.
NED KELLY :: CRIMINAL AND FOLK HERO
He has been described as 'one of the most romantic figures in Australian history' and as 'the father of our national courage'. Yet he was a criminal.
He shot and killed policemen. He kept ordinary Australians hostage. He was a thief. Why was he considered a hero and why is he still revered today, more than 100 years after his death? It is a national mystery. He is and was a controversial figure. His whole family was on the wrong side of the law. His parents were sent to Australia on a convict ship for committing petty crimes. Ned's criminal career began at a young age in country Victoria. In 1874 he was jailed for stealing a horse. Ellen Kelly , his mother, was jailed in 1878 for wounding a policeman. Also in 1878 Ned and his younger brother Dan were falsely accused of attacking a wounded policeman. Both men fled to the bush where the 'Kelly Gang' was formed.
For sixteen months they eluded police, committing robberies to survive. They killed three policemen, robbed a bank in Euroa and held the town of Jerilderie hostage. In 1880 they took over the Glenrowan hotel and took many of the town's residents hostage. They made armor of thick steel to protect themselves from police bullets. Unfortunately the heavy armor made them clumsy. Ned was eventually captured and his brother Dan died in a fire when the Glenrowan hotel was burnt down.
He was a thief and a killer, so why was Ned Kelly widely loved? People admired his bravery and his defiance of the police. When it was declared that he was to be hung, 60,000 people signed a petition asking that he be spared. He was eventually hung at the Old Melbourne Jail on 11 November, 1880. Today we can still see a life size mask made immediately after his death.