'You just have to be in the wrong place at the wrong time' - Kathryn Thomas on tragic Danielle's death in India
Kathyrn Thomas expressed her sympathies to the family of Donegal woman Danielle McLaughlin, who was murdered while backpacking in Goa, India earlier this month.
The RTE star said tragedy abroad is often a matter of "being in the wrong place at the wrong time" and warned Irish women travelling to be particularly careful.
Speaking to the Sunday World, Kathryn said she has been in many scary situations while travelling in a personal capacity and also while fronting RTE's No Frontiers, and said her heart goes out to Danielle's family and friends at this difficult time.
"That poor girl, you can be the safest traveller in the world but just be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I've had bits stolen and was mugged a couple of times, both involving my TV work and also personally."
Danielle (28) was laid to rest in her hometown of Buncrana, Co Donegal, on Thursday. A 24-year-old man, whose name has been reported as Vikat Bhagat, appeared in court two weeks ago in Goa charged with murder.
While seasoned traveller Kathryn urged Irish women to have their wits about them abroad, the presenter said women can't be too intimidated by travelling.
"You can't go scared. You can't go feeling too intimidated. Yes there is a level of trepidation, but I think if you go too scared and full of fear and not want to leave on your own, then travel with somebody else."
"Always do the sensible thing. Make a copy of your passport, make sure everywhere you go somebody knows your plan and don't go anywhere you shouldn't be at night time."