Seán Ó Tuama (1926 Cork, Ireland – September 2006) was an Irish poet, playwright and academic.
Raised in the southern city of Cork and educated at the North Monastery (North Mon) school and University College Cork, Ó Tuama first came to prominence in 1950 with his anthology of modern Irish language poetry titled Nuabhéarsaíocht 1939-1949.
Notable academic works include An Grá in Amhráin na nDaoine, an analysis of medieval and Renaissance European influences on Irish song, which is credited as being a source for inspiration for poets including Liam Ó Muirthile and Gabriel Rosenstock. The anthology An Duanaire: Poems of the Dispossessed, a collection of poems in the Irish language dating from the 16th to 19th centuries selected by Ó Tuama and accompanied by translations of the poems into English by Thomas Kinsella, was published in 1981.
Ó Tuama was the Professor of Irish Literature at University College Cork, and visiting professor at Harvard, Oxford and Toronto University. He was also chairman of Bord na Gaeilge for a time. and a member of the Arts Council of Ireland.
- Gunna Cam agus Slabhra Oir. Drama Vearsaíochta Thrí Ghníomh (Baile Átha Cliath, Sairseal Agus Dill). Folens and Co. Ltd. 1973. ISBN 978-0-902592-52-0.
- An Grá in Amhráin na nDaoine (An Clochomhar Tta., 1960)
- An Grá i bhFilíocht na nUaisle (1988)
- Seán Ó Tuama, ed. (1981). An Duanaire: Poems of the Dispossessed. Translator Thomas Kinsella. Dublin: Dolmen Press. ISBN 978-0-85105-363-9.
- Coiscéim na hAoise Seo, and an anthology of 20th century poetry in Irish