Kilmacud is the area west of Stillorgan. In essence, it is a collection of middle-class housing estates built in the 1950s by a range of small private construction companies to cater for the growing market of those able to raise mortgages of £3,000 approx to buy their own homes. Its focus is the 'Redesdale Garden Estate', drawing its name from the local mansion—now St. Anne's 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. Many other houses and apartments have been built in the area since the 1950s.
Kilmacud is north of Sandyford, east of Dundrum and south of Goatstown. The west end of the Lower Kilmacud Road starts in Goatstown, heading in a southerly direction. It then goes southeast through what appears to be a narrow shortcut and on out to the end of Drummartin Road and turns east. From there it continues eastwards through to the Stillorgan dual carriageway or N11. In total, it is about 2.6 kilometers or 1.6 miles long. The Upper Kilmacud Road starts in Dundrum and going uphill initially it continues eastward, levels off, and continues until a sharp corner brings it northward and downhill. It joins the Lower Kilmacud Road close to St. Laurence's Boys School. It is about 2.9 kilometres or 1.8 miles long. The difference between Kilmacud and Stillorgan is somewhat ambiguous. For example Kilmacud Crokes GAA club is located in Stillorgan and Stillorgan's Catholic church is called Kilmacud.
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