Angela Hanley was born in Athlone, Co Westmeath, where she still lives. She completed her undergraduate theology studies with the Priory Institute, Dublin in 2010 as a mature student, Then furthered her theological studies in All Hallows, College, Dublin with a research MA on same-sex unions for gay/lesbian Catholic couples, graduating in 2015. She regularly contributed articles to a number of religious periodicals. She is the author of Justified by faith: an Irish missionary experience in Malawi and Whose a la carte menu: exploring Catholic themes in context. She is co-editor (with Dr. David Smith MSC) of Quench not the Spirit, a book of essays to honour Fr. Seán Fagan SM.
She is married to local historian Gearoid O Brien and they have two adult children and two grandchildren.