Ex-Man Utd footballer Philip Mulryne ordained as deacon
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.