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Joyce Country Sheepdogs

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Address: , Shanafaraghaun, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 94 95 48853
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Once in a lifetime!

My husband and I just returned yesterday from Ireland and on our last day we decided to go see Joyce Country Sheepdogs. It was the best 16 euro we spent! In one word, FANTASTIC... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

My husband and I just returned yesterday from Ireland and on our last day we decided to go see Joyce Country Sheepdogs. It was the best 16 euro we spent! In one word, FANTASTIC! Joe is super friendly, conducted a great demonstration and answered all of our questions. I saw a doggie there that I would have loved to take... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I had read other reviews on Trip Advisor how great this was (Thank you!), but still considered it more geared to children or the bus tour set. Joyce Country Sheepdogs was the highlight of our trip. The scenery before arriving is fantastic and upon arrival Joe could not have been more welcoming. His dogs are so incredibly trained and their... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This was a great morning spent with border collies, puppies, sheep and learning about sheep farming in Ireland. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. Joe was great and so personable that he made you feel as though you had known him for years. He is also quite funny. My family (all grown adults) just loved this experience and we thought... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had kind of a private session there - we were the only visitors that day, so we spent around 3 hours with the sheep, the dogs, and the puppies. Yes, they had half a dozen or so 10 weeks old sheepdog puppies there, and our kids played with them the whole time. It was kinda tough, though, to convince... More 

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Bloomington, Il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We knew we wanted to see sheep dogs in action while we were in Ireland, but this experience was more than we ever could have hoped for. To see the relationship between the farmer and his dogs and what they're capable of together was breathtaking. Of course as soon as my wife saw he had 7 puppies to play with,... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I dragged my sceptical city-dwelling husband and pre-teens along to this practical sheepdog demo and they were absolutely fascinated. Joe is a friendly, down to earth host who clearly loves his animals and his work, and relishes his role explaining the workings of sheep farming to his visitors. The visit was excellent value, and when the demo and explanation was... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Joe is great! He did the tour for 2 of us, but said he would do it for even 1 person! It was so entertaining and you can tell he truly loves the dogs. Really worthwhile!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

It was a wonderful visit and well done. Joe certainly know's his dogs. It was wonderful to see how well the dogs responded to every command. Also it was facinating to see how quickly he hand sheared a sheep under 3 minutes. The whole thing was professional and its interesting to know that the movie (Marley and me) starring Jennifer... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Read about the demonstration of trained sheepdogs and decided to make the drive. So glad we did! Joe is a natural storyteller showing us his trade through various demos. Joe took his time with us sharing anecdotes about the area where he lives and the film his dogs featured in - Marley & Me. We fed the sheep and held... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Excellent opportunity for kids and adults to see real life sheep dogs at work under the control of sheep dogs owner, Joe Joyce. Lovely dogs and the kids can play with the puppies. Follow GPS for Shanafaraghaun and its there on your left just as you start to go by the lake on your right hand side.

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