SHE was a simple peasant girl but she stole the heart of a playwright and inspired one of the best-known characters in his most famous play.
John Millington Synge spent less than a week on the Great Blasket Island but recorded his experiences there in both words and photographs.
Now these images will go on public display as part of a unique photography exhibition by visiting photographers from all parts of the world who were inspired by Ireland's most westerly community.
The exhibition opens at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in Killarney on October 30, and is part of the Oireachtas na Gaeilge celebrations.
It will be the first time they've ever been on public display outside of the Blasket Centre in Dun Chaoin.
The Synge photographs are permanently housed in the archives of Trinity College in Dublin.
When Synge visited the Blasket Islands in 1905, his lens was drawn to his hosts, The King of the island, Peats Mhici O Cathain and his family.
Remarkably, in his collection he doesn't have one of the King's daughter, Maire Pheats Mhici Ni Chathain, although he did photograph her sister Cait.
"She is regarded as having been the inspiration for Pegeen Mike in his most famous work, 'The Playboy of the Western World'," said Micheal de Mordha, one of the curators of the exhibition and director of the Blasket Centre.
"It seems he became quite smitten by her and wrote about her extensively though he never referred to her by name, only as 'the little hostess'."
"Not only was the little hostess the inspiration behind the heroine in the 'Playboy', she was also the subject of Synge's poem, 'On an Island'.
"Synge's photographs are fairly iconic because they were taken over 100 years ago. No one living remembers his visit to the island but he left a good record of it in his writing and in his photography."