Seán Ó Tuama, writer and former Professor of Irish Literature in University College Cork, has died. He was 80.

A poet, dramatist and critic, he was perhaps best known for his 1981 work 'An Duanaire - Poems of the Dispossessed', in collaboration with Thomas Kinsella.

Seán Ó Tuama grew up in Gurranebraher, and attended the renowned 'North Mon' before going to UCC where he was influenced by Prof Daniel Corkery.

He came to prominence with the first significant post-war anthology of modern Irish language poetry, 'Nuabhéarsaíocht 1939-1949' (1950), which introduced among others Seán Ó Ríordáin to a wider public.

A scholarly examination of the influence of continental European traditions on Irish popular song, 'An Grá in Amhráin na nDaoine' (1960), helped to broaden the horizons of a new generation of writers, including the so-called 'Innti generation' which began with Michael Davitt, Liam Ó Muirthile and Gabriel Rosenstock, all students in the college.

His own writing, including a poetic drama set in the 17th Century, 'Gunna Cam agus Slabhra Óir', tended to be overshadowed by his critical work.

He had been a visiting Professor in Harvard, Oxford and in the University of Toronto, and was a former Chairman of Bord na Gaeilge.