Books  |  Mar 5, 2018

Inspirational Irish author Emma Hannigan passes away

Beloved author and Breast Cancer Ireland ambassador Emma Hannigan has died, following an 11 year battle with breast cancer. 

In her final weeks, Emma helped raise over €100,000 for Breast Cancer Ireland. Her latest book, Letters to My Daughters, is currently number 1 in the Irish bestseller charts and rising in the UK Kindle charts, after a promotional social media campaign by Emma’s fellow authors, including Marian Keyes, Cathy Kelly, Anna McPartlin, Sinead Moriarty and Carmel Harrington. Her memoir, All To Live For, is also currently in the Irish bestseller list.

Tributes have flooded in for the inspirational author, who wrote an emotional blog post in mid-February announcing her diagnosis.

Michael D Higgins, the President of Ireland, said: "Emma Hannigan leaves a lasting legacy not only through her work as a much-appreciated author but also through her exemplary courage in dealing with terminal illness. She will be remembered as a powerful advocate for Breast Cancer Ireland, a great cause worthy of all of our support.”

Emma’s long-term agent, Sheila Crowley, wrote: “I was blessed to represent Emma Hannigan for the last eight years and we became good friends in latter years. It was an honour and a pleasure."

In a statement, Emma’s publishers Hachette Books Ireland and Headline said: “We had the immense pleasure and privilege of working with Emma through these past years, publishing both her fiction and non-fiction, and her courage, her generosity of spirit, and her love enveloped us all.”