Joseph Doran (1907 - 1989):
Writer and teacher
Joseph Doran was born in Kilkeel, County Down and educated at Kilkeel and Strawberry Hill Training College in London. He returned to Keady, County Armagh, as a teacher and became principal of Brackney School and Moneydarragh School, County Down. He was appointed the first principal of St Columban's Secondary School at Kilkeel. He wrote many articles for the Mourne Observer and the Rathfriland Outlook as well as scripts for radio and television. He was a keen walker and knew the area of the Mourne mountains. Among his publications are Hill Walks in the Mournes; My Mourne, with a preface by Estyn Evans; Wayfarer in the Mournes and Turn up the Lamp, the latter consisting of childhood recollections.