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Tuesday 17 January 2017

Big Tom just cruises through the criticism

People seem to love or loathe the Hollywood star, but everyone has an opinion, writes Victoria Mary Clarke

Published 15/08/2010 | 05:00

I like Tom Cruise. Shane likes him too. Indeed, like is not strong enough a word. Expletives would be involved in a description of how great Shane thinks Tom is, and that's not just because he comes from a great Irish family, who were patrons of the arts, and warriors.

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"Did you know that Carolan wrote at least seven tunes called Brigid Cruise?" Shane asked me at breakfast. "No, in truth, I did not," I responded.

"Yes, he was madly in love with her. But he went blind and her family would not allow the marriage. Did you know that Cruise means 'Of the Cross?'"

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