It used to be the home of Rathfarnham HB , an ice cream company in Ireland. HB was originally an abbreviation for Hughes Brothers' Dairy, Rathfarnham, now produced by Unilever and part of the Heartbrand. HB Dairies was demolished in 2005 and replaced with several new retail units and office space. Tenants in the new units include Homebase Hardware, Harvey Normans and Harry Coreys Furniture.
Nutgrove has a very young population. The area's central playing fields host the circus during summer months.
Its most famous inhabitant was William Domville Handcock, the eldest son of William Elias Handcock and a descendant of William Handcock, who came to Ireland with Oliver Cromwell's army during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland and settled at Twyford in County Westmeath. He was born on the 2nd September, 1830, and having been educated at Nutgrove School, Rathfarnham, and at Trinity College, Dublin, took his degree in 1852. As a magistrate for the County Dublin, Mr. Handcock constantly presided on the Tallaght Petty Sessions bench, of which he was a much-valued member. He was also a Guardian of the South Dublin Union, and a frequent attendant at the meetings of that board. For many years he was an active supporter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He died on June 5th, 1887.
Nutgrove is serviced by the following bus routes: