WHEN Tom Cruise jets into Dublin on Wednesday, he will discover that he's a lot more Irish than even the Irish themselves had realised.
New genealogical research commissioned by The Gathering has established that as well as the Hollywood star having roots in Roscommon, another branch of his ancestors lived in Co Dublin. He will be presented with the details before attending the Dublin premiere of his new film Oblivion.
However, organisers of the visit say that although Cruise is proud of his Mapother family roots in Kilteevan, Co Roscommon, his schedule does not allow time to travel there, as some had hoped.
During his visit, Cruise, who was formerly married to actress Katie Holmes and is well known in the Scientology community in Los Angeles, will also be presented with a certificate of Irish ancestry by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Among those who have accepted invitations to attend the Dublin premiere are film director Neil Jordan and his wife Brenda; Brian O'Driscoll and his wife Amy Huberman; Jack Reynor and his girlfriend Madeline Mulqueen; Cecelia Ahern and her husband David; Lisa and Keith Duffy; Sharon Corr and Bressie; Yvonne Keating; Gay Byrne and his wife Kathleen Watkins; and Love/Hate actress Susan Loughnane.
Tom Cruise and his leading lady in Oblivion, former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, are being hosted during their Irish visit by Universal Pictures International Ireland.