Friday 16 November 2018

What Tom Cruise really thought of his trip to Ireland

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

The Hollywood star revealed the lengthy branches of his Irish family tree during his "incredible" visit here.

The Irish clearly made an impression on Tom Cruise during his promotional visit here last week. Despite the fact that the Hollywood megastar spent just over 24 hours here and visited five other cities that week, it's Ireland that's still on his brain.

The actor sent Dublin to a standstill for the Irish premiere of Oblivion and he was happy to sing our praises on US television last night. He spoke about his "incredible" visit last week, including the very impressive Cruise lineage.

"It was incredible," he began. "As a gift, they went and researched my family. It was an amazing story. These two wonderful women did this as a gift for me. They gave me a cert saying this and traced my family back to the ninth century. I had no idea it went back that far."

"You couldn't make this stuff up - I found out my ancestors owned a town called Hollywood. It's wild. One guy was a famine hero."

When Kimmel questioned what exactly he meant, Tom explained: "I asked what they meant by that - he was in New York and this guy who was helping to run estates wanted to throw tenants off the farm, so he got on a boat in the middle of winter, went all the way back and reinstated the tenants on the farm. He fired the lawyer and they threw him a big dinner in celebration.

Tom Cruise said it was two female fans who told him of his Irish heritage
Tom Cruise said it was two female fans who told him of his Irish heritage
Here, the actor is pictured with a certificate of his Irish heritage alongside Eamon Gilmore
Research commissioned by Tourism Ireland revealed Cruise's incredible family history

"There were knights for Strongbow. They said we could be there for a long time, but I only had 40 minutes. They showed me a picture where the foundation of the castle was - they said my family owned most of Dublin at a certain point. It was unbelieveable."

Quick-witted as ever, Kimmel asked if anyone "asked him for money" due to the praise he was being showered with. And Tom joked back: "Maybe they tell everyone that."

Research commissioned by Tourism Ireland revealed that Cruise's incredible family history featured 12th century knights, 17th century rebels and Patrick Russell-Cruise.

During his stint in Ireland, Tom learned of his connections to Hollywood, Co. Wicklow and a lineage which also featured famine heroes. He appeared on the Late Late Show where he spoke about being "at home" here and his hopes to return soon for film work.

He even took a stab at doing an Irish accent for the late night audience to rapturous applause.



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