Clannad's Moya Brennan has said there were no warnings about drugs and rock `n' roll during the early touring days of the band.

During an appearance on the Tommy Tiernan Show on RTÉ One on Saturday night, she was asked whether she was able to look after herself on the road.

"At the beginning, no," she said. "Going to Germany and Italy and France and places like that, I'm there with my brothers and my uncles, even though I was more the mother looking after everybody. It was so new as well and we didn't have a lot of money, so we'd be staying with friends or in bad bed & breakfasts.

"If you stayed with friends they'd have a party for you that night, so that was just one night for them but it was every night for you.

"So you can get into a very bad habit, and just because you were 'a nice folk band and they looked really nice and they're a lovely family band' - everything was out there and you weren't warned of everything that was out there as far as drugs and rock 'n roll, whatever. "

The Other Side of The Rainbow, Moya Brennan's 2001 autobiography, recalled a period of excess through drink and drugs in the 1980s before the rekindling of her Christian faith restored a sense of self-esteem and purpose.