Irish Fest Camden returns to Kershaw County on March 7, but the history of the Irish and South Carolina go back a longtime. The Palmetto State has been blessed with the “Luck of the Irish” since the early 18th century. The Irish and Scots-Irish of the Ulster region of Northern Ireland heavily settled in South Carolina between 1720 and 1730. These were Presbyterians who were clashing with the Catholics and sought a better life. Many of these early Irish immigrants made big contributions to America and its independence. Sullivan’s Island is named after the Revolutionary War hero Captain Florence O’Sullivan and two Irishmen signed the Declaration of Independence on behalf of South Carolina.