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Friday 30 September 2016

'Keep off the grass!' - Park worker has tough job of moving sun-seekers on

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 16/05/2016 | 18:21

OPW worker moving people off grass who were enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
OPW worker moving people off grass who were enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
OPW worker moving people off grass who were enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
OPW worker moving people off grass who were enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
OPW worker moving people off grass who were enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

While people across the country flocked to public parks to make the most of the warm weather this weekend, one man was tasked with the undesirable job of telling sun-seekers to keep off the grass.

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St Stephen’s Green in Dublin was particularly busy, as people of all ages laid out in the sun enjoying ice-cream cones and soaking up the rays.

These photos capture the disgusted expressions on people’s faces as a staff member from the Office of Public Works (OPW) is shown ushering them off the grass.

In one photo, a man and woman look unimpressed to have their sunbathing disrupted, while another shows onlookers staring in surprise as the OPW worker instructs people to move.

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St Stephen's Green is a historic Victorian park and garden, cared for by the OPW. It has been open to the public since 1880.

A spokesperson from the OPW said: "There are 22 acres in St Stephen's Green Park and the only place where the public are refrained from sitting on the grass is in the central panel areas (between the fountains).

"These areas are highly photographed, contain numerous flower beds and the grass is maintained to a higher standard."

OPW worker moving people off grass who were enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
OPW worker moving people off grass who were enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
OPW worker moving people off grass who were enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
OPW worker moving people off grass who were enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

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