Celebrity chef Rachel Allen has paid tribute to her late friend this week, as she would have celebrated her 50th birthday.
Taking to Instagram, Rachel shared a number of ‘throwback’ pictures of the two from their time traveling around South East Asia with their friend, Tiff.
Rachel wrote: “Thinking of Emma @emma_hannigan_author so much today on what would be her 50th birthday”
Continuing on, Rachel described who Emma was as a person, sharing that she was both ‘kind’ and ‘brave’.
“The most thoughtful, kind, brave, beautiful and absolutely hilarious friend one could have, I miss her madly and so wish she was still alive to get to celebrate this day, and every day.”
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“Sending so much love and light to Emma’s family and loved ones. Photos from a trip when Emma, Tiff @anenglishrogue and I spent a few months travelling around South East Asia.”
Emma, who was an author tragically lost her life in 2018 after a battle with cancer.
The comments section of Rachel’s post was awash with close friends sharing their well-wishes and remarking on Emma’s life.
“Met her a few times Rachel.. what a lovely and positive person” said pal Daithi O’Se.
While chef Clodagh McKenna simply said: “Sending lots of love”
One friend beautifully wrote: “I wish heaven had visiting hours”