My Aunt Lucy (I sometimes refer to her as my grandmother) used to make soda bread. She immigrated from Ireland when she was nine.
Her "soda bread" always had raisins in it. Turns out that's actually not soda bread but "spotted dog". I found the recipe for Irish Soda bread on the Society for Preservation of Irish Soda Bread website.
I decided to make soda bread for St. Patrick's Day. I made it without the raisins to be traditional and because my husband thinks raisins are weird.