Peatcutters returning home in rainstorm, Connemara, 1970. Photo: by Richard Fitzgerald

peatcutters returning home in rainstorm, Connemara, 1970-photo by richard fitzgerald.

“The two men were drenched to the skin after a heavy downpour of rain, they looked pitiful, one man still sheltering under a sodden overcoat, the animals moved wearily with their heads lowered, the men too tired to speak to each other. On the day I took this photograph I had just read “The Painted Woman” by Liam O’Flaherty, a story which illuminates the harsh lifestyle of such men.”

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