It is one of south Co Dublin's famous leafy suburbs but this week gardaí were called to intervene in a tree-felling operation at a luxury development in Rathgar.
The property in question has been developed by a company called Seabren Developments, with directors Michael and Tina Moran. The Moran family are also behind the city's Red Cow Hotel development.
Socialites Monika and Cyril Murray used to live on the site and veteran singer Dickie Rock was a neighbour.
Locals stepped in when tree surgeons arrived at 37a Highfield Road on Saturday morning, and started cutting down trees at the front.
They have accused the developer of "underhand tactics" by working during the bank holiday or early in the morning while Dublin City Council offices are closed.
Number 37a was recently demolished and redeveloped and the planning file says permission was granted on condition that certain mature trees be adequately protected.
Local sources say the residents managed to halt the tree felling by showing the planning permission file to a site foreman, but there was a further intervention on Tuesday.
"They first arrived at 8am on the Saturday of a bank holiday, but couldn't carry out all their work because there was other work associated with the site going on," said one concerned resident. "And then having been told to stop their actions, another crew arrived at 8am on Tuesday. We had to call the gardaí.
"We are appalled at the manner in which this was approached, coming in on a bank holiday. It was underhand and shows a lack of respect for people in the area."
Local Green councillor Carolyn Moore was contacted by residents and she has made representations to Dublin City Council in an effort to have the matter clarified and resolved. "The work has halted for the moment," she said.
There are obvious signs of work to the trees at the front of the property, with one mature tree almost completely down.
The original house at 37a was built in the 1980s as an extension to Victorian number 37 when it was owned by restaurateur Oliver Caffrey.
It had a swimming pool on the ground floor and ballroom on the top floor, accessed by a lift.
Number 37 was then sold and split in two. The main house was bought by singer Dickie Rock and the extension was bought by Cyril and Monika Murray.
Rock sold number 37 shortly afterwards, and after the Murrays died the house was bought by Seabren which successfully applied for permission to demolish it and build a pair of new six-bedroom, semi-detached homes.
Its website says the houses are laid out over four floors and measure 420sqm of generous accommodation, integrating modern living technology with contemporary design maximising light and space and A3 energy rating.
No guide price has yet been given for the houses, but invitations of interest are being sought.
The Irish Independent sought comment from Seabren Developments but no answer was received at the time of going to press.
A statement from the council said: "This matter is the subject of an active investigation. Works have ceased on site and we have written to the developer requesting further information."