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Joyce Country Sheepdogs

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Address: Shanafaraghaun, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 94 95 48853
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10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An authentic insight into hill sheep farming and rural Irsh life with...

An authentic insight into hill sheep farming and rural Irsh life with working sheepdog demonstrations. Interaction with puppies and sheep shearing demonstration during high season. This is set against some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland. Rest room facilities available along with picnic tables for guest use. Scheduled demonstration times are 11am, 1pm and 3.30 pm Monday -Saturday, however alternative times are available by prior arrangement.

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Overall incredible experience

From the amazing views, to the hard work done by the dogs and trainers, it's a great experience for anyone! Seeing how the dogs interact with their trainer and the sheep is unique... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Holbrook, New York
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Holbrook, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the amazing views, to the hard work done by the dogs and trainers, it's a great experience for anyone! Seeing how the dogs interact with their trainer and the sheep is unique and fun to watch!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Joe was hospitable and knowledgable. It was awesome to still see someone mastering the art of sheep herding in 2016. Joe's relationship with Roy and his other boarder-collie's was adorable. The view of the mountains across from Joe's home is breathtaking, and I would absolutely recommend Joyce Country Sheepdogs to anyone looking to get the most out of their Connemara... More 

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Thank Andrea D
County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was extremely impressing in going to Joyce's farm because I have never seen sheep herded before. Roy and the other dogs are trained well by Joyce, giving a great performance for the tour. Over all a wooly good time!

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Thank Sarah S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely loved my visit to the Joyce country sheep dogs experience . The puppies were so cute and watching the dogs chase the sheep was surreal! Super educational and fun!

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Thank hongrob
Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

7 adorable border collie puppies greeted us at the beginning of our stay, and were very sweet and loved to be pet. We then met 2 of the working dogs, as we saw a demonstration of the herding process. Joe explained to us the use of the dogs, and about the training process. We also got to feed 2 sheep... More 

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Port Jefferson, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Would definitely recommend Joyce country sheepdogs. No matter who you're with its a cool experience. Seeing the dogs herd the sheep and learning the commands is so much fun. Not to mention the view is amazing.

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Alexander, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I want to start off by saying that Mr. Joyce is such a kind and intelligent man. He trains his dogs to herd so well...it was very entertaining to watch! Along with that, the landscape from the farm seated right in the valley is absolutely breathtaking. I learned so much about herding and Ireland in general. It was one of... More 

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Thank Norton N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Before going here I was naive in thinking sheepdogs were a thing of the past and only seen in movies. Ironically enough there was a movie shot with Joyce's dogs! Watching them herd the sheep in action was amazing to me, there were even little puppies we got to see. Truly a memorable experience and highly recommend stopping here if... More 

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Mineola, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great trip. 10/10 would recommend. Very cool place with some amazing landscapes. It's cool how celebrities were referenced and were there.

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Thank tbehan69
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is definitely worth the trip. Not only is the scenery beautiful but it's also a great way to gain perspective on an often forgotten and overlooked lifestyle in Ireland. Mr. Joyce was very friendly and the dogs were adorable and impressive to watch!

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