Former Man Utd Player To Be Ordained Catholic Priest

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Philip Mulryne, a former Manchester United midfielder has on Saturday been ordained as a deacon in the Catholic Church, by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin.

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

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

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Mulryne earned up to £500,000 during his playing career, even dating glamorous model Nicola Chapman, who appeared on Real Footballer’s Wives 2005.

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While many ex-players go into coaching or television punditry, Mulryne has taken an unusual post-football career step, by ditching his life of glamour for something of a more spiritual significance.



He had previously spent two years studying philosophy in Italy, before undertaking a four-year theology degree in Belfast.

The Northern Irishman, earned 27 caps for his country in a career that included spells with Norwich and Cardiff City and Leyton Orient.

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Twenty years ago, Mulryne made his debut for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson after progressing through the youth team.

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

The former team-mate of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane, only made one solitary Premier League appearance on the last day of the season against Barnsley in the 1997/98 campaign.

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Last month, Mulryne was declared bankrupt at Belfast’s High Court. It is believed he invested heavily in a fund that exploited a legal loophole giving tax benefits to those putting their money into the film industry.