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Joyce Country Sheepdogs

Shanafaraghaun, Ireland
+353 94 95 48853
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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We were on vacation from Atlanta, Georgia on a beautiful day in Connemara. The drive off the main road into the hill country on the way to Joyce County Sheepdogs gave me a hint that something inspiring was about to unfold. True to my anticipation, the beauty of the countryside folded into a perfect fit with Joe Joyce and his... More

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Rocklin, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Joe Joyce raises and trains some amazing sheepdogs and his demonstration is simply enthralling. As others have mentioned, he has scheduled times where he selects one dog (we watched Roy in action, and the others were clamoring none-too-quietly when they were not selected!) to round up a group of 12-16 sheep. Joe then demonstrates using his whistle, mixed with some... More

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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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111 reviews 111 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Our time with Joe and his dogs and sheep was one of the unique experiences that we'll never forget about our trip to Ireland. The location is a little remote, but breathtakingly beautiful. Joe is a true gentleman, and treated us like old friends. The demonstration with the dogs, feeding the sheep, looking at Joe's photos and hearing his stories,... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We arrived at 12:30, not knowing there was a scheduled 1 pm demonstration. Joe didn't tell us either, just started a private demonstration just for us! Then we got another when others showed up at the appointed time. The dogs are amazing, the views is gorgeous, and the whole experience was educational and intimate. The "show" takes place right in... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I won't belabor - every other review is spot on with beauty of setting, warmth and knowledgeableness of Joe, and the amazing-ness of the dogs and Joe working together. We (husb, nearly 4 yo son, and I) all thoroughly enjoyed this, although I think the grown ups mostly did. It was a Connemara/Joyce's Country highlight. It was worth the drive... More

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Jupiter, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Joe offers amazing insight into the typical life of an Irish sheep farmer. He even had three puppies for my wife and I to play with. His dogs are supremely trained and Joe is incredibly personable.

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Brackney, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This was just a wonderful experience! Joe and his dogs are a highlight of any trip to Ireland but his charming, easy personality and beautiful children make the trip even more special. And the ride to Finny in Clonbur is breathtaking! This IS Ireland! We were a party of 14, all enthralled! Loved every minute This is an attraction (if... More

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florida
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99 reviews 99 reviews
20 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I was so happy to find this place while we were having lunch in Clonbur. The waitress at Burke's pub called Joe for us and he said come on over to see the dogs. I was excited to get there. The ride up to his place is breathtaking. What beautiful scenery. I have been on some spectacular drives in Ireland... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

What a great sideline to our trip and really a highlight that will be remembered by the entire family. Here in the US I have seen these amazing dogs (mostly Border Collies) and their abilities to move sheep around obstacles and into a pen on a dirt floor. In that same display you hear all of the commands and watch... More

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cork
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We came across Joe and his dogs first on a TG4 programme. We decided to visit and were rewarded with an unforgettable evening with Joe and his amazing dogs. We have seen many dog trials and are keen fans of the BBCs Lambing live series but learned more from Joe in an hour than we could have imagined. He told... More

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