Tom Cruise is 'honoured' to be Irish

Actor Tom Cruise has said he is 'honoured' after he received a certificate to mark his Irish roots after researchers discovered one of his ancestors restored evicted tenants to lands just before the famine.

Patrick Russell Cruise, his great-great-great grandfather, returned from America to Ireland after his land agent forced families from farms in Co Westmeath in 1843.

Tom embraces his Irish roots
Tom embraces his Irish roots Credit: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Cruise was in Dublin for the premiere of his latest blockbuster Oblivion at the Savoy cinema, engagements with the Irish Film Board, a pre-recorded Late Late Show interview and a visit to the Guinness brewery.

The star said: "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.

"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."

Tom Cruise enjoys a pint of Guinness
Tom Cruise enjoys a pint of Guinness Credit: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Barack Obama has also previously celebrated his own Irish roots, enjoying a pint of Guinness on St Patrick's Day.

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