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Ex-Man Utd footballer Philip Mulryne ordained as deacon

By Ross McKee
BBC News

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image captionBrother Philip Mulryne prostrated himself in front of the altar at Saturday's ordination service in Dublin

A former Manchester United footballer from west Belfast has been ordained as a deacon in the Catholic Church.

Philip Mulryne won 27 caps for Northern Ireland in a career that included spells with Norwich City and Leyton Orient.

The former midfielder was ordained by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, on Saturday.

The 38-year-old is a member of the Dominican Order and is expected to be ordained as a priest next year.

Family and friends were in attendance at Saturday's event in Dublin's Saint Saviour's church.

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Mulryne made his debut for Manchester United in 1997 after progressing through the youth team.

He was unable to forge a lengthy career with the so-called Red Devils and moved to Norwich City in 1999, but his time at Carrow Road was plagued by injuries.

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image captionPhilip Mulryne is a member of the Dominican Order
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image captionMulryne (third from left) was ordained by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin
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image captionThe west Belfast man was capped 27 times for Northern Ireland, scoring three goals
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image captionMulryne played for a number of teams including Manchester United and Norwich City

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