Kilmacud – Dublin South Side
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Kilmacud is the area west of Stillorgan village. In essence, it is a collection of middle-class housing estates built in the early 1950s by a range of small private construction companies to cater for the growing market of those able to raise mortgages of £2,000 approx to buy their own homes. Its focus is the ‘Redesdale Garden Estate’, drawing its name from the local mansion — now St Annes former girls’ reform school — of the British right-wing politician Lord Redesdale, whose daughters the Mitford sisters had achieved celebrity and notoriety in British society. Kilmacud is north of Sandyford, east of Dundrum and south of Goatstown. The difference between Kilmacud and Stillorgan is somewhat ambiguous, for example Kilmacud Crokes GAA club is located in Stillorgan village and Stillorgan’s Roman Catholic parish is called Kilmacud. Kilmacud can be described as the area between and immediately around the Upper and Lower Kilmacud Roads.
Kilmacud Crokes is a major G.A.A. club whose clubhouse, Glenalbyn is located directly opposite the Stillorgan shopping centre.
Kilmacud’s primary schools are Scoil Lorcán Naofa (St. Laurence’s, named for the one time archbishop of Dublin Laurence O’Toole), St Raphaela’s Primary School and Mount Anville National School, the secondary schools are St Benildus College, Mount Anville Secondary School and St. Raphaela’s.
The LUAS light-rail system runs south of Kilmacud and has two stations in the area, Stillorgan and Kilmacud.