The establishment of An Gúm was an act of optimism and hope in 1926. Ireland was still reeling from the effects of the Civil War and the establishment of An Gúm served as a reminder of the important place for the Irish language in the nascent Irish State. An Gúm provided contemporary reading material for the Irish people in the Irish-language.
To celebrate 90 years since the establishment of An Gúm, a day-conference was organised in University College Dublin.
The full text of the talks given at the conference are included in this collection of essays. Topics examined in the collection range from the historical context and climate in which An Gúm was established as well as some of the literary and artistic feats achieved, the characters and the controversies around An Gúm over 90 years. These informed and readable essays by a group of scholars add greatly to our understanding not only of An Gúm but of Irish cultural and political history in the 20th century.