Pádraig Ó Tuama

As both a poet and theologian, Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work centres around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. Working fluently on the page and in public, Pádraig is a compelling speaker, a skilled teacher and an experienced group worker.



From 2014-2019, Pádraig Ó Tuama was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation community.

Since 2019, he has been the Poet and Theologian in residence with the On Being Project. In this role, he presents Poetry Unbound, a short form podcast taking a close reading of a single poem. 

A profoundly engaging public speaker, Ó Tuama has worked with groups to explore story, conflict, their relationship with religion and argument, and violence. Using poetry, group discussion and lectures, his work is often participatory and marked both by lyricism and pragmatism.

Pádraig Ó Tuama holds a BA Div validated by the Pontifical College of Maynooth, an MTh from Queen’s University Belfast and is currently engaged in a PhD in Theology through Creative Practice (University of Glasgow) exploring poetry, Irishness and religion.

In addition, he has numerous professional accreditations in conflict, focusing particularly on dynamics of group conflicts. His own site contains a detailed biography and endorsements of his writing, poetry and speaking, including an endorsement from HRH the Prince of Wales.

What interests me in 'Liberty, Legacy, Leadership' is the opportunity to share stories of courage, learning and spirituality with colleagues from diverse national and religious traditions. The Irish story of conflict, peace, negotiation and community has much to share with and learn from other global zones, and I look forward to the opportunity immensely.

Pádraig Ó Tuama

Selected publications

  • Ó Tuama, P. (2017) Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community. Norwich: Canterbury Press
  • Ó Tuama, P. (2015) In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World. London: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Ó Tuama, P. (2013) Sorry For Your Troubles. Norwich: Canterbury Press
  • Ó Tuama, P. (2012) Readings from the Book of Exile. Norwich: Canterbury Press

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