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Tom Cruise celebrates his Irish family connections

Hollywood star Tom Cruise took a break in Dublin this week, while promoting his new film ‘Oblivion’, to celebrate his Irish family history.  “I can’t wait to come back”, he said as he received his Certificate of Irish Heritage from the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamonn Gilmore. 

“It’s a great honour for me and for my whole family – I can’t wait to bring it back to them and enlighten them on their history,” he continued.   “I’m very proud to be Irish. There’s a pride in America of being Irish. I can’t wait to come back and I want to visit the land of my ancestors and the castle that they had.”

The research commissioned by Tourism Ireland to mark ‘The Gathering’ and Ireland’s ‘Family History Year’ uncovered an amazing history linking Tom Cruise to 12th century knights, 17th century rebels and a hero – Patrick Russell-Cruise – who reinstated tenants on his Irish lands following evictions in the 19th century. 

Tourism Ireland is encouraging people with Irish connections throughout the world to follow in Cruise’s footsteps, to visit in 2013 and to explore and celebrate their heritage and ancestral links.

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