This is the best recipe I have found for Irish Soda Bread! It isn't as dry as some others I have found. I also have been known to add orange zest and dried cranberries instead of currants. I found this recipe at Kraftrecipes.com. Click on the heading below to go to their site for the recipe.
Irish Soda Bread
HEAT oven to 350°. MIX flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Add buttermilk and currants; stir just until moistened. PLACE dough on lightly floured surface; knead 10 times. Shape into 2½” thick round.
Place on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Cut deep ½” "X" in top of dough; sprinkle with remaining sugar. BAKE 1 hour or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet to wire rack; cool completely before cutting into wedges. It was a huge hit at work AND at home when I made it.