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Joyce Country Sheepdogs

Address: Shanafaraghaun, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 94 95 48853
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Stratford
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This was a solid highlight of our vacation. From the incredible drive from Roundstone, soaking in the incredible scenery to getting to meet Joe and his dogs. It is something to see. Joe was so friendly and dogs were fascinating to watch. I would especially recommend it to anyone with kids. Thanks Joe!

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North Andover, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I had read about Joyce Country Sheepdogs on TripAdvisor and really wanted to visit based on the reviews. However, we were staying in Adare and didn't know whether we should make the 2.5 hour drive to get there. So glad we did! It turned out to be our favorite day of a week long trip to Ireland. It is just... More 

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Gainesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Recommended by our B&B host, Joe's sheep dog demonstration was entertaining and educational. His hairless border collies really put on a show. It's amazing how well they obey the commends of their owner, even when he appears simply to be conversing with you while they are a hundred yards or more away.

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Mebane, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Go see Joe and his dogs, it's worth the trip! The surrounding countryside is a fantastic sight! The dogs are well trained and do a great job of herding the dogs. Go see Joe and his dogs, it's worth the trip! The surrounding countryside is a fantastic sight! The dogs are well trained and do a great job of herding... More 

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Gibsonville, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Joe, his family, and his sheepdogs are definitely the best thing going in Galway County! We were lucky enough to have this morning's demonstration all to ourselves. Meeting Joe, his daughter, his puppies, and the rest of his dogs were such a pleasure. Watching them work was amazing. Well worth the trip from Galway!

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This was my second visit to Joe Joyce's farm in Connemara - about a 20 minute drive from Leenane. His house is situated on a hill facing a lake which is bordered by a steep mountain, dotted with sheep - his sheep! Such are his skills that he crosses the lake in a boat, deposits his dogs on the side... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This was our second visit to Joe Joyce's house to see his sheepdogs and sheep. This time we took some other family members with us (all adults) as they wanted to see what we were so enthusiastic about! As before, Joe was engaging and amusing. Despite the dreadful weather (a huge storm blew up while we were there), we saw... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We stoped by Joe's place after friendly directions were given to us over the phone by his wife maryann. Joe's enthusiam and knowledge about the dogs is infectious and then meeting the dogs was beyond gorgeous! Puppies to cuddle whilst we watched the big dogs at work, one of the highlights of our trip! Big respect for all sheepdogs!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

My husband and I stopped by Joe's place by chance and it was the highlight of our trip! It was amazing! Joe told us all about the dogs, how he trains them, and the sheep. We learned so much and the demonstration was really impressive! I would highly recommend it! There were also puppies running around, which is always a... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

So intimate. There was only eight for his 10am demonstration, and his kids all played with ours. He has a litter of pups at the moment, so that made for an hour and a half of cuddles. His working dogs were fab, bounding up and down his mountain (he calls it a hill), and staring or nipping the sheep around... More 

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