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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Tom Cruise spends over 90 minutes greeting fans outside Savoy

TOM Cruise has spent over an hour and a half greeting his Irish contingent of supporters.

The atmosphere was electric as the Hollywood star arrived to the Dublin premiere of his new movie 'Oblivion'.

The father-of-three was welcomed by hundreds on the red carpet as he signed autographs and posed for pictures.

The 50-year-old pulled up to the Savoy cinema on O'Connell Street at 6.30pm, in a convoy of six black Mercedes and flanked by bodyguards.

To ensure he did not get cold as he chatted to waiting fans on the red carpet, Cruise 's team shadowed him with a portable heater.

A host of well-known faces filled the cinema for the exclusive screening, including Bressie, Sharon Corr and Cecelia Ahern.

Earlier in the day, Cruise visited the Hugh Kane gallery for an industry event. It was attended by Amy Huberman, Liam Cunningham, Pat Kenny and Yvonne Keating.

'Love/Hate' actress Susan Loughnane was also invited and told the Irish Independent she was delighted to meet Cruise.

"He was so nice, really charming and so polite. We talked about how he was enjoying Ireland."

He also stopped by the Guinness Storehouse, after a civic reception at the Department of Foreign Affairs, where he was presented with a certificate of Irish ancestry.

Speaking to 'Xpose' host Karen Koster, the 'Top Gun' actor said he was thrilled to hear of his Irish ancestry.

"You know you kind of hear in a family, I knew I was from Ireland so that's why I wanted to make 'Far and Away'.

"I love it, I think it's wonderful. I didn't know anything, I didn't know any of it before, where my family is from is not really Roscommon, it's County Dublin mostly."

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