John Doherty founded The Crannagh Ramblers on Sunday 15th June, 1997. Over the years, this hill walking club has grown into a vibrant club. John was its founder and inspiration. He was a loyal and trusted leader who introduced many to hill walking and to whom he passed on so effectively his own passion for the sport. The following lines from Van Morrison’s song, “I’m tired, Joey Boy” sum up John’s attitude to hill walking –
“Go up to the mountain
Go up to the glen
When silence will touch you
And heartbreak will mend.”
John’s untimely passing on January 24th 2010, has left a deep void in all our lives. We miss him greatly. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Kate and children Sarah, Brian and Dermot. A plaque commemorating John’s memory was erected on Mamore Hill. This was the hill on which John chose to launch the Crannagh Ramblers. The plaque nestles proudly among the hills of Inishowen which John loved to walk. Fittingly, it looks out on John’s beloved Buncrana and Lough Swilly.
John’s teaching career spanned 26 years, firstly in Greendale Community School (Dublin) 1984 – 1985, then in Blakestown Community School (Dublin) 1985 – 1992 and finally in Carndonagh Community School 1992 – 2010. John is remembered with great affection by all who knew him.
We have no time to stand and stare? –
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.