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08th Jul 2017

Former Manchester United player is ordained a priest

Paul Moore

He played alongside Giggs, Beckham and Neville.

Philip Mulryne, a former player for Manchester United and Norwich City, has been ordained a priest of the Catholic Church by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin.

Mulryne made his debut for Manchester United in 1995 and was a part of their FA Youth Cup winning team of that year, before moving to Norwich City in 1999.

During his time at Old Trafford, Mulryne played 4 times for the first team- once in the league during a 2-0 won against Barnsley and three times in the League Cup – before joining Norwich City for £500,000.

At Carrow Road, he played over 160 games for the Canaries and was part of their team that won promotion to the Premier League in 2004.

He also played for Cardiff City, Leyton Orient and Kings Lynn before retiring.  In terms of international football, he won 27 caps with Northern Ireland.

Following his retirement from football, the 39-year-old enrolled at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome in 2009, the first step on his journey towards becoming a priest.

In November, he was ordained as a deacon in the Catholic Church but Mulryne has now been ordained a priest for the Dominican Order by His Grace Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia OP.