Philip Mulryne

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Philip Mulryne
Personal information
Full name Philip Patrick Stephen Mulryne
Date of birth (1978-01-01) 1 January 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Central midfielder
Youth career
1992–1996 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Manchester United 1 (0)
1999–2005 Norwich City 161 (18)
2005–2007 Cardiff City 4 (0)
2007 Leyton Orient 2 (0)
2007–2008 King's Lynn 0 (0)
Total 168 (18)
National team
1992–1993 Northern Ireland U15 7 (1)
1993–1994 Northern Ireland U16 1 (0)
1994 Northern Ireland U17 1 (0)
1994–1995 Northern Ireland U18 4 (2)
1998–1999 Northern Ireland U21 5 (1)
1996 Northern Ireland B 1 (1)
1997–2007 Northern Ireland 27 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Philip Patrick Stephen Mulryne, OP (born 1 January 1978) is a Northern Irish Dominican friar and priest in the Roman Catholic Church, and retired professional footballer. Born in Belfast, he started his career at Manchester United before playing more than 150 games for Norwich City and was a Northern Ireland international. After his retirement from football in 2008 Mulryne began studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood. He was ordained as a deacon in October 2016 and then as a priest on 8 July 2017.

Football career[edit]

Mulryne began his career as a youth team player at Manchester United in 1994. He was in the FA Youth Cup winning team of 1995, and became a Northern Ireland international even before he made his first team debut. His full international debut came in February 1997 against Belgium but Mulryne had to wait until the following October to make his debut for United against Ipswich in the Coca-Cola Cup (a 2–0 defeat). Despite being capable as a striker, midfielder or right winger, these positions were virtually monopolised by accomplished players such as David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and so Mulryne only managed a handful of first-team games in five seasons at Old Trafford. His only league appearance for United came on the last day of the 1997–98 season, in which he played the full 90 minutes against Barnsley.[1]

Mulryne joined Norwich City for £500,000 on 25 March 1999 in the hope of gaining more first-team opportunities. Mulryne made a promising start to his Norwich career, scoring an excellent free-kick in a televised 1–0 win at Grimsby Town in Division One which was just his second appearance for Norwich.[2] However, a broken leg sustained in a tackle with Blackburn Rovers' Christian Dailly shortly after the start of the following season ruled him out for most of the 1999–2000 campaign.[3]

In the 2001–02 season, Mulryne was a member of the Norwich team that reached the final of the Division One play-offs. The match ended 1–1 after extra time and Mulryne missed one of the spot-kicks in the subsequent shoot-out as Birmingham City won 4–2 on penalties.[4] Mulryne had missed another penalty earlier that season in a league match against Gillingham at Carrow Road, however Norwich won that game 2–1.[5] Mulryne's contract was expiring that summer and there was speculation regarding his future until he signed a new three-year contract with Norwich.[citation needed]

He was part of the Norwich side that won promotion to the Premier League as Division One champions in 2004, but they stayed there for only one season before being relegated. Mulryne then departed from Carrow Road, cancelling his contract by mutual agreement shortly before it expired. He signed for Cardiff City two months later.[citation needed]

On 30 August 2005, Mulryne was ejected from Northern Ireland's squad by manager Lawrie Sanchez for a breach of discipline.[6] He had made 27 appearances for the team, a highlight being a headed equaliser against Denmark in 2001.[citation needed]

At the end of the 2005–06 season, Mulryne was released from his contract at Ninian Park having made only a handful of substitute appearances, and was not until January 2007 before he found a new club after spells having trials with amongst others, Ipswich Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, Polish champions Legia Warsaw and Barnsley.[7]

Manager Martin Ling signed Mulryne for Leyton Orient on 23 January 2007 on a free transfer after impressing on a trial. He made his debut against Brighton & Hove Albion in a 4–1 home defeat on 13 February after 16 months without first team action. He was released at the end of the 2006–07 season, having helped Orient avoid relegation which had looked almost certain for much of the campaign.[8]

He subsequently had a trial at Bournemouth and played in a friendly against Southampton and then came a trial with St Mirren in Scotland. On 25 October 2007 Mulryne joined King's Lynn FC on a non-contract basis.[9] He was released by the club on 1 January 2008.[10] It was announced on 14 March that Mulryne was training with Cliftonville.[11]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Philip Mulryne

DenominationRoman Catholicism
Profession11 September 2016
OrderDominican Order
Senior posting
Ordination29 October 2016 (deacon)
by Diarmuid Martin
8 July 2017 (priest)
by Joseph Augustine Di Noia
Profession11 September 2016

In 2009, at the age of 31, Mulryne began formation for the Roman Catholic priesthood.[12][13] It is understood he was invited to enter the priesthood by Monsignor Noel Treanor, the Bishop of Down and Connor.[14] He had originally intended to become a secular priest and so entered Saint Malachy's Seminary, Belfast, the seminary of the Diocese of Down and Connor.[13][15] During this time, he studied philosophy for two years at Queen's University Belfast.[15] He then moved to the Pontifical Irish College in Rome and studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.[15]

Having felt a call to a religious life during his studies, Mulryne entered the novitiate of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) in 2012.[15] On 11 September 2016, he made his profession to become a Dominican friar at St Saviour's Priory in Dublin.[14][16] On 29 October 2016, he was ordained a deacon by Diarmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin.[17] On 8 July 2017 he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia OP at St Saviour's Priory.[18][19] He presided at his first Mass on 10 July 2017 at St Oliver Plunkett Church, Belfast.[20][21]


  1. ^ "Barnsley 0 Manchester United 2". Sporting Life. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Grimsby 0 Norwich 1". Sporting Life. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Norwich 0 Blackburn 2". Sporting Life. Archived from the original on 13 February 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Birmingham reach Premiership". BBC. 12 May 2002. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Norwich 2–1 Gillingham". BBC. 19 March 2002. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  6. ^ Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats: Phil Mulryne
  7. ^ Flown From the Nest – Phil Mulryne,; accessed 19 September 2015.
  8. ^ O's boss begins summer clearout
  9. ^ King's Lynn Football Club – Official Website
  10. ^ "Linnets axe Mulryne as Sedgemore signs". 1 January 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2008.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Larne v Cliftonville". BBC Sport. 15 March 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  12. ^ "Former NI player joins priesthood". BBC News. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  13. ^ a b Whooley, Declan (22 March 2014). "From Old Trafford to the Vatican – the road less travelled by Phil Mulryne". Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Ex-Man Utd player takes step towards priesthood". The Catholic Herald. 30 September 2016. p. 8.
  15. ^ a b c d "Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr. Philip Mulryne OP". Order of Preachers. 9 July 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  16. ^ Jansen, Luuk Dominiek (8 September 2016). "Solemn Profession of Br. Philip Mulryne O.P." Irish Dominicans. Irish Province of the Dominican Order. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  17. ^ McKee, Ross (31 October 2016). "Ex-Man Utd footballer Philip Mulryne ordained as deacon". BBC News. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  18. ^ McMahon, Aine (8 July 2017). "Former Manchester United player ordained a priest". The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  19. ^ Luuk Dominiek Jansen OP (8 July 2017). "Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr. Philip Mulryne OP". Irish Dominicans. Irish Province of the Dominican Order. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Lord's Player: Ex-Man United footballer takes first mass after being ordained as priest". The Daily Telegraph. 11 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  21. ^ Jansen, Luuk Dominiek (12 July 2017). "First Mass Fr. Philip Mulryne OP". Irish Dominicans. Irish Province of the Dominican Order. Retrieved 31 July 2017.

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