Tuesday 18 December 2018

Tributes as inspirational author Emma dies after battle with cancer

Emma Hannigan
Emma Hannigan

Sarah Slater

Bestselling author Emma Hannigan passed away in hospital yesterday after fighting a long battle with cancer.

The mother of two teenage children is understood to have died peacefully, surrounded by her family, at a south Dublin hospital at around 1.30pm.

The much-loved author revealed her devastating diagnosis 13 days ago in a Facebook post, saying: "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."

The 45-year-old launched a fundraising campaign for Breast Cancer Ireland for which she was ambassador. The goal of €100,000, was reached in 10 days.

In a statement, her publisher Hachette Ireland said: "So sad that our beloved author and friend Emma Hannigan passed away earlier today. She inspired us all with her immeasurable strength, her generosity and her love."

Her latest book, Letters to My Daughters, went to No 1 across several categories on the books charts within days of her emotional post.

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