- Awesome Music:
- The fiddler in the pub, juxtaposed brilliantly with the climax of the movie, while the villagers in the pub all go quiet and focus intently on the music. When Lizzy's phonebox hits the ground on a long high note, a string finally breaks, and the villagers cheer the fiddler.
- The soundtrack is filled with fantastic traditional Irish music, but the piece that truely fits is the rendition of "The Parting Glass" at the end of the movie.
- Designated Hero: The entire village (barring Lizzie and the departed Ned) are this. Their plot to defraud the lottery is presented as a noble and heroic, despite ultimately being obviously self-serving.
- Fridge Horror: The climax of the movie. Lizzie Quinn is an Asshole Victim, to be sure, but imagine the guilt the priest is going to have to live with now.
- Fridge Logic: Maurice appears to be the only kid in the village.
- Retroactive Recognition: James Nesbitt of The Hobbit fame is Finn the pig farmer.
- Grampa Joe is Michael O'Sullivan.
- Strawman Has a Point: While Lizzie is an awful human being and did try to extort the town out of the money before she tried to call the lotto people until she was killed, what the townspeople are doing is committing fraud and cheating the lotto people out of millions of dollars that are not rightfully theirs.
- Tear Jerker - Jackie's eulogy at the funeral (which could double as a Heartwarming Moment). He's unable to speak about Ned because the lotto man is in the church, so instead he eulogizes Michael—who is sitting in the front row and is able to hear just how much he means to Jackie.
YMMV / Waking Ned Devine