Address: 65 Community Drive • Ireland, WV
It was found that the area had been settled by an Irishman named Andrew Wilson. In later years, the man affectionately became known as "Old Ireland" to the settlers of that area. More in depth research led to the discovery that "Old Ireland" had lived to enjoy 114 springtimes. The average life-span at that time was approximately 38 years.
When community members heard of the discovery, they were convinced there was something unique about the quality of life in Ireland, West Virginia that was conducive to long life spans. A coupling of this newfound reason for excitement, along with the already established perennial desire to celebrate the vernal equinox led to the first planned IRISH SPRING FESTIVAL.