Seán Ó Tuama

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Seán Ó Tuama (1926, Cork, Ireland – September 2006) was an Irish poet, playwright and academic.[1]


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.[2]

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.[2] 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.[2] and a member of the Arts Council of Ireland.[3]




  • Faoileán Na Beatha (Baile Átha Cliath, An Chlochomar Tta., 1962)
  • Rogha dánta: Death in the Land of Youth: New and Selected Poems of Sean O Tuama. Translator Peter Denman. Cork University Press. 1997. ISBN 978-1-85918-157-7.CS1 maint: others (link)


  • 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, eds. (1981). An Duanaire: Poems of the Dispossessed. Translator Thomas Kinsella. Dublin: Dolmen Press. ISBN 978-0-85105-363-9.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link) CS1 maint: others (link)
  • Coiscéim na hAoise Seo, and an anthology of 20th century poetry in Irish



  1. ^ Nollaigh O Gadhra (2006-09-17). "Professor Sean O Tuama". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
  2. ^ a b c "Death of Seán Ó Tuama at 80". RTÉ News. 2006-09-14. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
  3. ^ "Áras Uí Thuama is officially opened at University College Cork (UCC)". University College Cork. Retrieved 2008-01-24.

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