Ex-Man U player takes up new position - as deacon
A former Manchester United footballer has taken his latest steps on his journey to the priesthood.
Philip Mulryne (38) was made a deacon in the Dominican Order at an ordination at St Saviour's Church in north Dublin.
The ex-Northern Ireland international (right) was a product of the fabled youth system at Old Trafford and made his debut for the first team in 1997.
However, he was unable to secure a regular place in Alex Ferguson's side and left Manchester to continue his playing career at clubs including Norwich City, Cardiff City and Leyton Orient.
The west Belfast man is now on course to become a priest next year.
The former midfielder was ordained by the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin.
Family and friends were at the church to celebrate the occasion on Saturday afternoon.
His ordination comes just weeks after Brother Mulryne was declared bankrupt at Belfast City high court.
Mulryne, who reportedly earned up to €600,000 a year while playing with Norwich City, sought the order himself.
Brother Mulryne's journey to join the priesthood marks a surprising change from his footballing years.
He was sent home from a Northern Irish squad and suspended for two World Cup qualifying games in 2005, after he missed a curfew. Mulryne also previously dated model Nicola Chapman.