Irish author Emma Hannigan has passed away

Irish author Emma Hannigan has passed away

'LETTERS TO MY DAUGHTERS' author Emma Hannigan has passed away after a long fight with cancer.

It was confirmed by Breast Cancer Ireland today that the 10-time cancer survivor passed away.

The 45-year-old mother-of-two learnt she carried the BRCA1 ‘breast cancer’ gene in 2005.

In a bid to combat cancer in her body, she decided to have both breasts and her ovaries removed to reduce her heightened risk.

Despite her surgeries, Hannigan was diagnosed as having cancer for the first time in 2007 and has since fought the disease 10 times.


Despite her brave battle, Hannigan revealed earlier this year via her blog that “all avenues have now been exhausted”.

In a blog post, Hannigan wrote: “All good things must come to an end

“The time that I knew was borrowed must be given back soon, so it seems.

“The conversation I never wanted to have has been said.

“My medical team have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at this fight but all avenues have now been exhausted.

“To say that I am heartbroken doesn’t begin to cover it...Nothing else has much meaning anymore. Just the love I feel for the people I hold dear,” she added.

Since the devastating news was revealed, Irish authors and book-lovers began a campaign to get Hannigan's newest novel 'Letters to My Daughters' to the number one spot before her untimely passing.


The campaign was a success in that Mrs Hannigan's book hit number one on the 20th February.

Mrs Hannigan is survived by her husband Cian, her son Sacha and her daughter Kim.

May she rest in peace.