One of Ireland's most successful comedians Katherine Lynch told Miriam O'Callaghan on The John Murray Show today why she is taking a break from comedy to focus on her musical career.

Lynch recently launched her debut album, Settling Dust and she told O'Callaghan on Radio 1 this morning about the inspiration for one of the albums new songs, Amsterdam.

"It's about Love Lost. I went to Amsterdam with an ex-boyfriend of mine," said Lynch, adding, "that was where we fell in love and we fell out of love after a while and I wrote that song about it."

O'Callaghan asked the comedian how her new album came to be: "It came about at a time when I split up with that said person and also my father had just passed away and I really didn't feel connected to comedy at all.

"I still had to do it, I still had shows to do in Vicar Street and I still had the Television shows to do. I suppose it was all about balance so I could pull some poems I had written before and my piano player, Pavel, who I normally do comedy with, I brought him in a bunch of poems and very serious writing at one stage."

She added: "We worked really well together on it and then we brought it to crash records and they loved it because it was a proper demo...And we got good reviews Miriam!"

O'Callaghan responded with: "It is nice to get good reviews."

Lynch agreed: "Especially when you're a woman who normally is upsetting the status quo. It's good to get 'she's very sensitive and emotional' instead of 'rude, crude and lewd!'"

Listen back to the full interview on the RTÉ Radio Player here

Katherine Lynch will perform a concert, Songs from Settling Dust, reuniting with some of the musicians who helped create her first album, which includes seven self-written songs, in the Sugar Club on Saturday October 5.