On behalf of the Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread, I wish you all the best with your baking this holiday week, and I offer this blessing to help you along in your work:
May the blessing of light be on you—
light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you
and warm your heart
till it glows like a great peat fire.
May your Irish soda bread be moist and soft
as the land of your ancestors.
Remember: Irish soda bread may be enjoyed all year round, not just at St. Patrick’s Day.
Also of note: Careful! Do not to use the recipe posted on my old Times Union blog. It’s cursed.