March is a busy period for the Kilbarrack stray mattress.
It is indeed the time of the year when the old males temporarily abandon their solitary lifestyle in search of mating partners.
There is a spring in their step as they roam for miles and miles in search of a suitable female (the suitability requirements are pretty lax to be honest).
These otherwise shy creatures throw all caution to the gale force wind and can be seen copulating with gay abandon in broad daylight and in very public places.
In a few weeks, these bouts of unbridled passion will bear their fruits: numerous litters of feral pillows and cushions will be seen playing under the loving gaze of their mattress mum, as if to flaunt the No Litter signs.