Tom Cruise and Jimmy Kimmel

Tom Cruise tells Jimmy Kimmel about his ‘incredible’ trip to Ireland – VIDEO


Tom Cruise and Jimmy Kimmel

‘Oblivion’ star Tom Cruise gave Jimmy Kimmel a summary of his Irish ancestry on Thursday night as he gushed about his brief trip to his ancestral home last week.

The action star was presented with a certificate of Irish heritage
by the country's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore earlier this month and learnt his relatives can be traced back to the 9th century after two female fans researched his family lineage as a gift.

Speaking on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' on Thursday, the 50-year-old Hollywood star said: "I had no idea it went back that far."

The Irish American revealed his ancestors once owned a town called Hollywood in County Wicklow and one of his elders was known as a "famine hero" when they returned to Ireland from New York to save people from being evicted from their homes. They also had a lot of control over the capital city of Ireland.

“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,” Cruise told Jimmy Kimmel.

He explained his lineage, "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.

"There were knights for Strongbow in the 12th century. 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."

During his trip to Ireland Tom found it "incredible" to find out more about his ancestors and embraced his Irish side by undertaking a master class in pint pouring at the world famous Guinness Storehouse in the capital.

Speaking at the time, he said: "To learn about the history of my family - it was incredible.”

"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."


Log in with your social accounts:

Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:

Forgot your password ?

Don't have an account yet? Register now !

Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:

Already have an account ?

For Newsletter Subscribers – Draw for 1 Prize on December 31st.

Prize: Your Piece of Ireland – a Square of Land in the heart of the Glens of Antrim, Ireland

More details here (or you can buy a little piece of Ireland directly): http://bit.ly/1zew9ox

Terms & Conditions

Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Make sure we gathered the correct information from you

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.

Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: