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Joyce Country Sheepdogs

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Address: Shanafaraghaun, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 94 95 48853
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A highlight of the trip

Great fun for everyone and set in a serene setting in what looked like a fjord. Nice to see how dogs are in there own setting doing what they love. We were able to get up close... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Brian K
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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285 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great fun for everyone and set in a serene setting in what looked like a fjord. Nice to see how dogs are in there own setting doing what they love. We were able to get up close with some Border Collies (including puppies) and see them in action bring some sheep from a couple hundred yards away and down through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This was a really cool experience on our trip. I believe it was only 8euro for about a 45 minute demonstration of a sheepdog herding. They also herded a pack of ducks which was funny. The best part was there were a bunch of adorable puppies to play with while we watched and listened. While it was fun to watch,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

This was a very enjoyable experience. Not being from Ireland a sheepdog demonstration in the Irish countryside was great. Joe led the demonstration and did an outstanding job. He has a good sense of humor and adds to the great display of what the dogs are capable of doing. It seemed like it took a while to get there from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Joe is what I warmly refer to as a "dog dork." He unabashedly loves dogs. I also love dogs. The five other people we met when we were at Joe's house loved dogs. I have seen herding dog demonstrations in Ireland on past trips. They are truly awesome shows no matter which one you go to. These dogs are incredible... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This was such a cool thing to see! Joe gave us a lot of information and it was really interesting to learn about. There were four 8-week old puppies that we got to hold and play with throughout the demonstration. The older dogs that were out were super friendly and funny to watch. Also, the view you get driving up... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

We've got an unique experience from Joe the shepherd. He told us a lot of interesting things about dog's work and sheep, gave us an excellent show and an opportunity to play with puppies and make some sweet photos with dogs and sheep. A show with the ducks was like a bonus. Thank you Joe!

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mt martha victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

joe just welcomes you into his special world and leaves you with a warm glow. The way he handles his dogs is an example to us all. You will learn more about dogs and human nature here in an hour than anywhere else I have known. Thanks for a great time

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

This is what we will remember when we think of Ireland, I think. Lovely home, lovely people, beautiful lough, and very hardworking dogs. I wouldn't know, but it seems as if Joe is a master at what he does. He just tells the dogs kindly, and they do whatever he says. It really was remarkable. The dogs all have personality... More 

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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

This was simply amazing, and highly recommended. Beautiful scenery. Amazing dogs. Joe is really wonderful and his dogs are phenomenal. In addition to an amazing demonstration; the drive on the way down is spectacular and the view from Joe's place is honestly one of a kind. It's even been in Hollywood movies (Marley & me)!!! We got to pet puppies... More 

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

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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