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Joyce Country Sheepdogs

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Address: Shanafaraghaun, Ireland
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+353 94 954 8853
22:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 22:00 - 17:00

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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Wonderful experience

A must go even you're in the area. We arrived a little early, but that was nog problem for Joe. He immediately started telling about the dogs when het let Them out for their... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must go even you're in the area. We arrived a little early, but that was nog problem for Joe. He immediately started telling about the dogs when het let Them out for their morning run. Two other people joined and we all got to see the dogs working, gathering the sheep. Truly amazing how they love to work and... More 

Thank fladderaar
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed this. Got to hold the puppies and see how a real working dog operates. Very well presented and interesting show.

Thank scottmicrolights
Alexandria, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 April 2017

A visit to JCS is a must see and wonderful experience. Joe is a great guy with a remarkable talent for training these border collies. He is very accommodating and will patiently explain how he communicates with his dogs to gather his sheep from high on the local hills with nothing but whistles and calls. It's incredible to watch. His... More 

Thank Jakscott
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

We must have stopped five or six times on the way here just to take photographs of the incredible scenery you pass just to get there. Once we got there Joe and his lovely little daughter greeted us with a lamb they were bottle feeding, and introduced us to their dogs and gave us an overview of what it is... More 

Thank DaveLaceyPTS
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Our tour guide Don Sheeran recommended Joy Joyce and we loved it. Got to play with the little puppies and watch the dogs at work as they rounded up the sheep. Beautiful area and engaging story teller. Well worth the diversion off the main road.

Thank Jim M
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

My friend and I found Joe and his dogs by accident when we saw his roadside sign while on a weeklong drive of the Wild Atlantic Way -- turning off to check it out was the best decision we made all trip! The scenery is beautiful and learning about the sheepdogs was fascinating, but the best part was that Joe... More 

Thank Colleen S
Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

Just driving into the mountains where these dogs live and work is an adventure in itself.Then you get to see these beautiful animals race to a mountain top in under a minute, to gather sheep, all at the sound of a whistle I could barely hear. . They don't seem to get tired. They don't seem to notice the weather... More 

Thank dwtravels2017
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

Found this by accident while doing the Wild Atlantic Way and it turned out to be one of the highlights of the entire trip! It was fascinating to learn about shepherding and the sheep business in ireland, and the demonstration was really really cool. The puppies and gorgeous scenery was the icing on the cake. Can't recommend highly enough!

Thank Molly J
Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed watching the dogs working. It was very interactive and it was so easy to ask my questions to a local real "person". Someone that live and work in the area. I would love a little curious shop to buy some moments. Toy collies and sheep. A dog whistle etc.

Thank Vetlight
Prospect Park, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

An interesting activity for the entire family. The dogs are superb, the views are excellent and understanding farming life on a small family farm was informative.

Thank Eugene J

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