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Lennon to support pal McGibbon's mental health charity in Lurgan

By Staff Reporter

Hibernian boss Neil Lennon will promote mental health awareness tonight in his home town in a special event organised by his former Northern Ireland team-mate Pat McGibbon.

Lennon, Linfield boss David Healy and Blues goalkeeper Roy Carroll will be speaking at the Ashburn Hotel in Lurgan at a function in aid of the charity Train To Be Smart (TTBS), which was founded by McGibbon in 2013.

As a teenager, ex-Manchester United defender McGibbon suffered heartbreak when his brother Phillip took his own life. For Pat and his family, it was the toughest time of their lives, but out of the dark has come light thanks to the TTBS charity to promote mental health through sport which has helped and educated many children in the mid-Ulster area and beyond.

"It does help talking about mental health and I'm proud that we have been able to do that since," said McGibbon. "Neil Lennon is an inspiration in that because he has been very open about his own experiences."

The event starts around 8pm. Tickets are £30 and include a light supper. Ring 02838324741 for further details.

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