Douglas / Maryborough / Rochestown / Blackrock for a 4

Hi All,

First time poster. Family of 4 looking to move from Sydney back to Cork.

We have two girls, a 10 year old and an 8 year old.
We used to live in Frankfield before we left a long time ago.

We are looking for a really good secondary school but having trouble in deciding on the right area. We've been gone so long assuming lots has changed.

I've never lived in Blackrock, but with the old railway walk / run, plus the distance to the city center for weekends it's very tempting.
However I will more than likely be working in Ballincollig and am worried about the Blackrock traffic if any.

The other areas we were considering is Maryborough / Rochestown / Douglas.
Never lived in those exact areas so wondering is the premium worth it.

When we did live in Frankfield we enjoyed it however we are looking for more community / coffee shops etc as near as we can whilst still having a leafy suburb. I would also love a garage!

Spoilt here in Sydney but family is drawing us home.
Would be great to hear from people in these areas, advise on good schools / traffic blackspots etc.

Looking forward to coming home, can't wait tbh!
 
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