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Churchtown has produced some very talented people over the years, actress and singer Maureen O’Hara and Fionnula Flanagan to name but a few.

Some other very talented artists to emerge from the village is former Republic of Loose members Declan Quinn and Cormac ‘Brez’ Breslin, and musician Zamo Riffman.

Dublin Gazette caught up with Declan Quinn about his upbringing in Churchtown and how his music career started here.

“I moved to Churchtown when I was nine. It was amazing. We had a community of friends. I went to primary [school] in St. Mary’s so we used to cycle up there. I went to secondary in De La Salle. It was a great school.

“There was a massive community of musicians around Churchtown, and we used to always rehearse in houses, kitchens, sheds, wherever we could.

“Myself and Brez [Cormac Breslin] were in bands as teenagers. The main one was Gold Rush with Stephen Robinson who’s also from Braemor Road.

“We nearly got signed to EMI but school kind of got in the way and we ended up taking a break so I could do my leaving [cert].

“Straight after college myself and Brez joined the Republic of Loose, that brought out an album straight away.

“We had seven or eight years in The Loose, [and] three albums. It went really well. We got a platinum record, two top ten albums, some really big festivals and gigs including supporting U2 in Croke Park. So, it was a really good few years of that.”

Declan also plays for a number of hugely popular bands, including Smash Hits and Ireland’s ultimate noughties band Hollaback.

He has sessioned with top musicians, writes original music and is excited about his new single coming out.

“This new single we have coming out, myself and Zamo [Riffman], another Churchtownian – we’ve got that new remix coming out in the next couple of weeks.

“And Brez has a solo EP coming out too.”

Declan’s new single with Zamo Riffman is called “Simple Smile” by Zamo Riffman vs Decaux and is available from iTunes, Spotify and all usual online platforms.

CC Brez releases his latest EP on Nov 28 in the Bello Bar Dublin, with guests Dashoda and Zamo Riffman.