Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Tom Cruise born of ‘extraordinary lineage’

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is elated to learn about his “amazing” Irish lineage after Tourism Ireland conducted extensive research into his ancestors’ long and fascinating history in the country.

The 50-year-old American actor was presented with an official Certificate of Irish Heritage this week by Ireland’s Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore.

British newspaper The Telegraph reports that Tourism Ireland conducted extensive research on Tom’s genealogy, which led to a number of interesting revelations about the star’s forefathers. His great-great-great-grandfather Patrick Russell Cruise was a landlord who provided homes for people evicted from their farms during the Great Famine and other predecessors revolted against Oliver Cromwell during his campaign to convert the Irish to Protestantism around 1650.

Entertainment Tonight reports that Tom is in awe of being part of such an awesome bloodline.

"It's amazing - there's a knight, there's a famine hero who was incredible, and it's just an extraordinary lineage," he revealed as he sipped a pint of Guinness during a press conference in Dublin while promoting his newest film Oblivion.

"I can't wait to come back and I want to visit the land of my ancestors and the castle that they have and then it went all the way back to the tenth century basically.

"It's wonderful. A great honour for me and I think for my whole family. I can't wait to bring it back to them and also enlighten them on their history."

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