Joyce Country Sheepdogs, Shanafaraghaun

#30 of 406 in Things to do in County Galway
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Witness a piece of traditional culture when you visit Joyce Country Sheepdogs, a family-run and working hill sheep farm. Watch border collies expertly herd sheep while following verbal and whistled commands, just like in the movies. The family also sells border collie sheepdogs and puppies. As part of the tour, you'll see sheepdog demonstrations, a talk on hill sheep farming, sheep shearing demonstrations, and maybe get the chance to visit the puppies. With our online itinerary creator, Shanafaraghaun attractions like Joyce Country Sheepdogs can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Joe is a lovely man and is blessed with the gift of the gab. The scenery is absolutely beautiful and so are the dogs. Something that can be enjoyed by all age groups and definitely worth a visit if...  more »
  • We went with our five and three year old and all of us absolutely loved the experience. Joe was so knowledgeable and personable. Whilst we learned all about a range of things from him, the children...  more »
  • Joe is the very best host, his talk on sheep farming in the area and about the wonderful dogs he raises and trains is just as interesting and entertaining as the demonstrations he and the dogs put on for the visitors. We were treated to having 2 young pups running amongst us and demonstrations from Nell and Spot two very different Border Collies but both amazingly skillful at their jobs. Nell was a sweetheart and joined the group while feeding the orphaned lambs..... If you are in Joyce Country do not miss out on spending an hour with Joe and his Sheepdogs!!
  • This past week my family (9 of us) toured the southeast area of Ireland. We saw some of the most beautiful land and landmarks in the country. We also had the pleasure of visiting Joyce Country Sheepdogs. This visit was overwhelmingly the highlight of our trip. We were warmly greeted by Joe Joyce and his dog Jimmy and were quickly surrounded by the latest litter of Border Collie pups who enchanted us as only 8 week old puppies can! Joe explained to us all that goes into choosing a dog with the qualities necessary to make a good sheep dog, how he begins and progresses through the training process as well as interesting information about the sheep industry itself. His brilliant dog Spot then demonstrated sheep herding as Joe stood with us and gave commands. It was fascinating to experience. I was not prepared for such an interesting and enjoyable experience. The unsurpassed beauty of the countryside, the sound of bleating sheep, the delightful dogs, and the knowledge and kindness of Mr. Joyce made this a trip I heartily recommend.

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