Bing Crosby pictured in August 1967 with his horse, Dominion Day, which won the Blandford Stakes at the Curragh with trainer  Paddy Prendergast. Photograph: Dermot Barry/The Irish Times

Crooner Bing Crosby wrote to the Archbishop of Dublin John Charles McQuaid requesting that he get Irish nuns to run a new hospital in California. Cros(...)