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No regrets: Martina Purdy moves from sister to saint as ex-reporter who trained as nun takes on new role


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Martina Purdy pictured  at St Peter's Cathedral in Belfast

Martina Purdy pictured at St Peter's Cathedral in Belfast

Martina Purdy pictured at St Peter's Cathedral in Belfast

A top journalist who set her heart on becoming a nun has found another vocation - working for St Patrick.

Former BBC NI political correspondent Martina Purdy has taken up a marketing role with the St Patrick Heritage Centre in Downpatrick.

Colleagues of the reporter attempted to stage an intervention when Ms Purdy confessed her intention to join the Church - but Martina and former high-profile lawyer Elaine Kelly left their jobs in 2014 to join the Sisters of the Adoration on the Falls Road in west Belfast.