Tom Cruise is Presented With An Irish Heritage Certificate

The following excerpt is from the April 4, 2013 edition of

Tom Cruise was presented with an Irish heritage certificate yesterday at an official Government ceremony to celebrate his ancestry.

Eneclann, part of Trinity College, found that his great-great-great grandfather was a landlord called Patrick Russell Cruise, who helped evicted families reclaim their homes before the famine. The actor was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV in Syracuse New York in 1962.


The 50-year-old Hollywood star was in Ireland for the premiere of his latest movie, ‘Oblivion,’ which premiered at Dublin’s Savoy Cinema on Wednesday night.

The award winning actor received his “Certificate of Irish Ancestry” at a breakfast reception hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore at at Iveagh House on Stephen’s Green on Wednesday.

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Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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