What is it like to live in Douglas? We had a local tell us all about it..

Douglas is a suburb of Cork City, The Republic of Ireland’s second city. It officially became part of the Cork City Council area in 2019 as part of the expansion of the city boundaries.  It is situated south west of the main city centre and is home to approximately 27 thousand people. 

As well as being in close vicinity to all the attractions of Cork City, Douglas also has plenty of attractions of it’s own. Make sure to check out the fantastic Douglas Community Park or grab some fresh lunch at the Douglas farmer’s market every saturday. 

Some other highlights include the fantastic local sports team’s and we could not talk about Douglas without mentioning KC’s & Sons & Sons (not a typo) – reputably one of the best chippers in Cork!

But there is far too much going on in Douglas to mention here so make sure to check out the local tips below and then check out our local directory to see where to eat, drink and live in Douglas! 

Public Transport

Bus Routes

Bus services are provided by Bus Éireann, and the routes which pass through Douglas include

  • 206 – Grange – City Centre
  • 207 – Donnybrook – Ballyvolane
  • 216 – Mount Oval – Cork University Hospital
  • 219 – Mahon – Cork Institute of Technology
  • 220 – Ovens – Grange Manor – Carrigaline – Crosshaven
  • 223 – Cork City Centre – Haulbowline


There are many taxi services running in the Douglas area such as

Satelite Taxi – 021 480 80 80

Cork Taxi CoOp – 021 427 2222

The area is also served by the FreeNow Taxi App.


The nearest train station is Kent Station in Cork City Centre. 

History & Heritage 

The first written history of Douglas was as part of lands belonging to Gerald de Prendergast in 1251. It was alternatively mentioned as “Duffelglasse” and “Duglasse” in the early 14th century as part of the parish of Carrigaline.

The 18th century saw the first industrialisation of Douglas with the development of Douglas Factory producing sail cloth for the Royal Navy and other clients. 

It was not until the second half of the twentieth century that Douglas as we know it now came about as the it became a suburb of the growing Cork city and new housing, schools and other local facilities were built to serve the growing population. 


There are some fantastic things to do in Douglas.

Some example of these include the Douglas Community Park, Douglas Court Shopping Centre and Douglas Village Shopping Centre (Reopening after a terrible fire in November 2020).

For the more active type check out some of the fantastic sports clubs and societies or the fantastic food and drink scene.  

Culture & Activity

Sport & Clubs

There is a great number of Sport facilities in Douglas. There are many successful clubs that call Douglas home but also plenty of recreational areas where people of all levels can train and stay fit. There is also a local branch of Dennehys Health & Fitness situated in the Douglas Village Shopping Centre which is due to reopen in November 2020. 

Eating & Drinking

There is an amazing selection of places to eat and drink in Douglas. Everyone says you have not had the true Douglas experience until you have lined up for a King Creole at KC & Sons & Sons but there are also a plethora of options for those who would like something different.

Every food preference and dietary requirement is catered for with themed restaurants from Italian to Indian and Mexican to Malayasian and everything in between. 

Some examples are; 

12 Tables, Eco, GoGos, Marcellos, Palmento, Kubo, East Village, Roosters Piri Piri, KC’s & Sons & Sons, McDonalds, KFC, El Vino, Bamboo, Coriander, Dominos, Ramen, Haveli Indian Restaurant, Golden Elephant, La Calavera Buritto Bar, Rose Garden and Dinos

There are also lots of lovely cafes in the are such as; 

The Dough Hut, Subway, Costa Douglas Court, Gloria Jeans, On the Pigs Back Cafe, O’ Brien’s Sandwich Bar, Bean & Leaf and Caffe Misto

Of course we have not forgotten the pubs check out; O Driscolls, Barrys the South County and O Sullivans.


The people of Douglas are very welcoming and open to members of all religions and none.  We have listed some of these below. 

St Columba’s Catholic Church,

Radical Life Christian Church,

Douglas Baptist Church,

St Lukes Anglican Church,

Catholic Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield & Grange,


Douglas like other suburbs is within a quick commute of Cork’s two main third level institutions UCC and CIT but as with any area of this size there are multiple of primary and secondary school options too. Some of these are listed below. 

Primary Education:


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