IT'S a neighbourhood like no other and the very deserving scene of a fantastic celebration on Wednesday when housing agency Respond called to town for its 30th birthday party!
Baile O'Dubhda - a community of 34 homes under the auspices of the Respond agency - was the scene of the celebrations which saw children playing samba drums, fabulous birthday cakes, wonderful presentations and a host of other fun activities.
Above all else though, it was a tribute to the character of the neighbourhood, where all 34 occupants know each other well and are there to help each other out around the clock.
"It's just a fantastic community to live in," resident Denise Moran said. "Everybody knows each other really well and we're always there to help each other, if someone needs a lift to the doctor for instance, somebody will be there to help them. It's just a really tightknit community," Denise explained.
She was one of four residents, along with Maureen Lynch, Mike Enright, and Michael Casey who were honoured for their community work over the years in Baile O'Dubhda. The group received certificates courtesy of Respond.
Cllr Maria Gorman paid tribute to the residents and to the agency. "It's a great place to live and Respond make a huge different by always checking in on residents and making sure all their needs are looked after.
"Baile O'Dubhda is a great addition to the town and we were delighted to see its community celebrated as they were on Wednesday."
Residents explained the work of the agency - in particular local area officer Patricia Pennard - makes all the difference. Ms Pennard is regularly on hand to help the people of the estate with whatever concerns they may have.
The agency was founded in Waterford in the early 1980s, growing from Franciscan routes originally. Founding director Fr Pat Cogan met with residents later on Wednesday in another example of the agency's warm reach.