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Joyce Country Sheepdogs

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Address: Shanafaraghaun, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 94 95 48853
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Mon - Sat 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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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Beautiful Scenery and Amazing Dogs

Had a great time visiting the demonstration. This is actually the second sheep dog presentation I have seen; having been so wowed with the dogs before on a different one we... read more

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Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had a great time visiting the demonstration. This is actually the second sheep dog presentation I have seen; having been so wowed with the dogs before on a different one we decided to come see this one as well. This time, it was me, my wife, and our two boys who are 18 and 13. We were not disappointed. The... More 

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Ballyconneely, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Per the website, I called the morning of to confirm there was a 1pm demonstration, and on the phone Joe was quite personable from the start. We made the drive out from Clifton and it was more than worth it! The owner, Joe (Joyce) was knowledgeable, friendly, and funny. It was family-friendly, educational and an enjoyable experience! Our children fell... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on our way from Dingle to Clifden. We are a family of 2 adults and 2 teens. It was a gorgeous day with bright sunshine. That was rare on our trip! The drive to the location was absolutely stunning and even if you just did the road to the place, it would be worth it! We got... More 

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Encino, Calif
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Joe and his dogs as we are huge dogs people, but this was a great experience for anyone traveling to Ireland. The dogs were great, we saw some 5 day old puppies and Joe even sheared a sheep for us!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Joe was welcoming and informative. My kids fell in love with his puppies and we all learned SO much about the sheep, the dogs, and life as a sheep herder in the Connemara highlands. It was fascinating. The countryside is unbelievably beautiful. Don't miss this!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to see Joe Joyce's demo and it was by far the best experience over all I had in Ireland. The location is incredible and Joe is both a showman, as well as an educator! He knows his stuff as well as lived the life of a sheep farmer. Bus loads of tourists as well as individuals come to... More 

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Rockford, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

As a family visiting Cong (Quiet Man city) we stumbled upon a little brochure showing this place. The girls love dogs so we said 'what the heck' let's do it... It was a little out of the way, but WOW was it worth. Joe was awesome and his head dog Roy was very cool. The view of the mountains and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We found ourselves with an extra afternoon in Connemara and no big plans. We picked up the brochure for Joyce Country Sheepdogs from our B&B and decided to check it out. It did not disappoint! They answered all of our questions on farming and so much more. Gorgeous view, friendly and informative. Totally worth the trip and a unique experience... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

I had a group of people who wanted to see more of Ireland beyond the guide books. I've brought them to Joe and his house. Dogs were amazing, their work was great. Joe told us stories about sheep and dogs in action, we have seen all of this ot this lovely place. An extra was training with the ducks, photos... More 

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Edgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

While driving around the Irish country side, one thing you will always see are sheep. As far as the eye can see, in this part of Ireland there are sheep everywhere. Along lakes, on hills and way up in the mountains. My wife and I were wondering who owns them and how in the world do they get them down... More 

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