A former soccer winger who won 27 caps for Northern Ireland is swapping his football jersey for a soutane in the seminary.


Student for Diocese of Down & Connor

Philip Mulryne (31) (pictured above in the NI international kit) played for Manchester United during the 1990s and but is now about to join a seminary after been invited by the Bishop of Down and Connor to begin studies for the priesthood.

His mother Sally confirmed this week that her son made the big decision to join the priesthood and will begin training at the end of August.

Philip made his debut for Manchester United in 1995 after coming through the youth team. In 1999 he transferred to Norwich city but his time there was plagued by injuries. He later played for Cardiff City, Norwich city, Leyton Orient and Kings Lynn.

He is understood to be attending a retreat at the moment and was unavailable for comment about his decision to join the clergy. Philip Mulryne will be forever remembered in Northern Ireland hearts as the hero for Northern Ireland in 2001 after his strike secured a 1-1 draw away to Denmark in a world cup qualifier and ended their six-match losing run.

(CI News)