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Roy Keane joins Pat McGibbon for Armagh charity night

By Steven Beacom

Published 04/02/2016

In the spotlight: Roy Keane
In the spotlight: Roy Keane

Manchester United legend Roy Keane will be the star attraction for a great cause in Armagh tonight.

The Republic of Ireland assistant manager is coming to Northern Ireland to help out his former United team-mate Pat McGibbon, who has organised a function at the Armagh City hotel to raise funds for charity.

Keane will be interviewed on stage by Irish League pundit Liam Beckett before fielding questions from a packed audience.

Ex-Northern Ireland defender McGibbon, now on the backroom staff at Portadown, has worked hard to put 'An Evening with Roy Keane' together. Proceeds from the dinner will go to McGibbon's Train To Be Smart (TTBS) Juniors charity, a Craigavon-based football coaching project that provides education to young people on the importance of sport for improving physical, mental and emotional health.

In a recent Belfast Telegraph interview, McGibbon told how the suicide of his brother Philip in 1993 devastated his family and how he is trying to use the tragedy to help future generations by encouraging them to open up and talk about their feelings.

McGibbon will give a speech at the charity event tonight about what he is trying to achieve with TTBS, as will renowned motivational speaker Watt Nicholl.

There will also be an auction with three Northern Ireland goalkeeping stars lending a hand. A football signed by Pat Jennings and Harry Gregg will be auctioned on the night while Euro 2016 qualifying hero Roy Carroll has donated a signed Northern Ireland goalkeeper's shirt.

A variety of other items will be up for grabs in the auction, including boots worn in a title-winning season by another United legend, Paul Scholes.

Belfast Telegraph

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