As a follow up to the presentation made by Ingrid Bron, economic development/tourism coordinator on July 11, Smiths Falls council passed a motion on July 18, at the regular council meeting to formally support the pursuit of a twinning agreement between Smiths Falls and the town of Carnew, in County Wicklow, Ireland.
An historian from Ireland has traced a large number of Irish immigrants in the mid 1800 to Smiths Falls. It is documented that approximately 6000 Irish tenant farmers were force-migrated from the Coolattin estate and it is believed that many of these immigrants settled in Smiths Falls. They are believed to have found work on the railroad, which was experiencing a building boom at that time. Among the families that have been traced to Smiths Falls are Balfe, Byrne, Carr, Clare, Coghlan, Dagg, Doyle, Eagers, Jackson, Kenny, Lowman, Murphy, Pearson, Pierce, RIckby, Tallant, Tallon, Timmons and Whelan.