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Sunday 20 April 2014

Carlow residents furious after Russian TV report

Screenshot of the Russia Today report, which can be viewed below. Credit: RT/YouTube

A Russian news report on Ireland's emigration which focused on Carlow has been ridiculed by locals, who are eager to show what the town is really like.

Russia Today's 'Austerity Isle' report was broadcast in December, but has recently been uncovered by Carlow locals, who are not best pleased with the bulletin.

During the report, RT's Tesa Arcilla compared Dublin to Carlow, which she said "now stands empty" and is a "shadow of what the town used to be."

Local Bryan McDonald has been heavily criticised for his involvement in the report. In it, the young man said that most of his former classmates have left the country and if there was to be a reunion, it would probably have to be held in Australia.

He also gestured to an empty-looking street, saying that Carlow now has "nothing".

One local is eager to make something positive out of the report. According to Carlow's 'The Nationalist' newspaper, Ger Holohan is aiming to create a Carlow YouTube channel to promote how active and full of life the town is.

"It's a very biased video. They picked two or three derelict areas of the town and focused on them. It has left a very bad taste in people's mouths," he told the local newspaper.

"I'm not an expert on this, I'm just an irritated local who thinks that the town was badly portrayed."

The three-minute report has more than 10,000 views on YouTube since it was uploaded on December 22.

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