Declan Nerney (born c. 1959) is an Irish singer of the Country and Irish genre. Born in the town of Drumlish in County Longford, he started at the age of 16 in local band the "The Hi-Lows". His big break came with his autobiographical song "The Marquee in Drumlish".
He has a huge following and charts on a regular basis not only in Ireland but in Scotland and England and his recordings are sought worldwide. His work has extensive airplay on stations that feature the Country and Irish genre."Review: Artificially enhanced economics". The Times (London). 12 November 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-29. "THE JOY OF DEC'S; Good times for Nerney.". Sunday Mirror. 13 August 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-29. "SUN IS SHINING ON DECLAN" (subscription required). Sunday Mirror. 16 October 2005. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
His early education was at the Ennybegs National School in Longford. Later he attended St Mels College, Longford, where he sat his Leaving Certificate. He was brought up on a small farm and has a passion for vintage tractors. His niece, Una Healy is a member of the chart-topping British/Irish girlgroup The Saturdays.
BandsThe Hi-Lo'sGene Stuart BandBrian Coll and the Buckaroos
He married Margo in 2007"Gaelic loving Declan is still getting a kick being frontman after 18 years". Daily Mirror. 27 October 2005. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
Songs and songwriting
Working with Henry McMahon, he has penned songs such asMarquee in DrumlishAnna from FermanaghGotta get up in the Mornin'Christmas HooleyBarry & DunneThree Way Love AffairHooley in the Sun
He also sings cover versions of established hits.