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Former Canary is one step closer to becoming a priest

Phil Mulryne playing for Norwich City in 2002. Credit: PA Archive.

A former Norwich City footballer has taken his latest steps on his journey to become a priest.

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 played for the Canaries between 1998 and 2005, having come through the youth system at Manchester United.

After being dogged by injury, Mulryne ended his playing career in King's Lynn before moving back to Northern Ireland.

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, on Saturday in front of family and friends.