Correct me if I'm wrong but unless the laws changed in my long absence from Ireland, you cannot bring animals into Ireland or the UK without quarantine inspection (6 months). As I said, I may be wrong but with the rise in Foot & Mouth, Bird Flu, Mad Cow disease etc I would imagine that there would still be tight restrictions. Don't mean to rain on your parade.
...and they lay down behind me
to sleep beside the road, till the morning has come,
where they know they will find me,
with my maps and my faith in the distance,
moving father on.