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Peatcutters returning home in a rainstorm in Connemara, in 1970: "When I photographed the two men with their donkeys, they looked pitiful drenched to the skin after a heavy downpour, one man still holding a sodden sack over his head. The animals moved wearily; the men too tired to speak to each other. At that time I had not yet read The Painted Woman by Liam O’Flaherty, but when I read the story a few years later, it brought new meaning to the photograph, illuminating the harsh lifestyle of such men."

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