Seán Ó Tuama, writer and former professor of Irish in Cork University, has died at the age of 80.

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

Ó Tuama, who grew up in Gurranebraher, came under the influence of the renowned Professor Daniel Corkery when he attended UCC.

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