R.I.P. Ian Luebbers

January 2, 1995 – June 11, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the tragic passing of Ian Luebbers on the 11th of June 2019.  Ian was 24 years old - a champion Irish Dancer, a brother, and a friend to many in our global dance community.  An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha extends our deepest condolences to Ian’s family, Laurie, Bob, Cassidy and Owen, his teachers Niall and Joanne at Holly & Kavanagh School, and to all the many families and colleagues who are grieving his loss.

Ian’s family and dancing teachers wish to extend their gratitude for the overwhelming support from the Irish Dance community over the last few days.  For those asking how they can help, Ian’s family and dancing school will be designating a charity to support youths that are struggling with mental health issues.  Teachers are encouraged to have an open dialogue to assist young dancers and parents at this time, and to seek bereavement counselling or mental health outreach as needed. 

There will be services celebrating Ian’s life in both Pennsylvania and Dublin, details will be announced here when they are finalised.

There is a fund set up to assist the family with funeral costs, any additional funds will be directed at charitable aims in Ian’s name:




An evening viewing will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, June 17, 2019, at the James J. Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Avenue,

An additional viewing will be held for 9:00-10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 18, 2019, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 332 Manor Avenue, Downingtown. https://www.jamesterryfuneralhome.com/tributes/Ian-Luebbers


A memorial service will be held 3 pm Tuesday, June 25th at St. Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner Street Upper, Dublin, Ireland and will be live streamed. (10 am eastern standard)


In lieu of flowers, please donate marked “in memory of Ian Luebbers” to NAMI KEYSTONE PA. 105 Braunlich dr. Suite 200. Pittsburgh pa 15237 https://www.namikeystonepa.org/ 
or Pieta House in Ireland at https://pieta.ie/



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