Northern Ireland

Ex-Man Utd footballer Philip Mulryne ordained as deacon

Brother Philip Mulryne lies prostrate at the ordination service in Dublin, 29 October 2016 Image copyright Irish Dominicans
Image caption Brother 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 caption Philip Mulryne is a member of the Dominican Order
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Image caption Mulryne (third from left) was ordained by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin
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Image caption The west Belfast man was capped 27 times for Northern Ireland, scoring three goals
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Image caption Mulryne played for a number of teams including Manchester United and Norwich City