Philip Mulryne former Manchester United player has been ordained a catholic deacon as a post football career.
Mulryne, who earned 27 caps for his country in a career that included one with Norwich and Cardiff City, was this week ordained as a deacon in the Catholic Church.
The 38-year-old was ordained by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, on Saturday and is now a member of the Dominican Order.
Mulryne made his debut for United under Sir Alex Ferguson twenty years ago playing along side Ryan Giggs and David Beckham.
He had previously spent two years studying philosophy in Italy, before undertaking a four year theology degree in Belfast Dailymail reports.