Katherine Lynch appeared on RTÉ's Today show on Monday to take a trip down memory lane and talk about past summer holidays, including a terrifying experience while on a trip to Bulgaria in the 90s.

The Leitrim-born comedian and actress reminisced about idyllic childhood summer trips to Dingle surrounded by her many cousins, before discussing a "disaster" of a visit to Bulgaria with two friends and her sister when she was a bit older.

She said: "We went to Bulgaria once and it was an absolute disaster, we thought we were going to this really exotic holiday.

"We thought 'we're not going to Benidorm, we're going to be cool and go to Bulgaria'. Little did we know it was just out of communism at the time so it was horrific."

The TV star continued: "We arrived to this cheap hotel because we were on a budget, and on the first night the sniffer dogs raided the hotel, it was like a scene from Goodfellas."

She said they tried to "keep the cool" and "keep the positivity", but things went from bad to worse.

"We got into a taxi, the taxi driver was as drunk as a lord with a bottle of whiskey, which was only a pound so it was cheaper than water," Lynch explained.

"So he was drinking that and he went up on two wheels on a stump and nearly killed us. My friend knocked his glasses off and we jumped out of the car and ran but he followed us in the car.

"We got to the hotel and the guards arrived and they put a gun to my head and I had to give 50 dollars or I would have been deported. It was that corrupt."

There was an upshot to the terrifying experience.

"It was the most valuable holiday or all holidays because every time we have a dinner party we talk about Bulgaria," Lynch added with a laugh.

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