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Sheepdog Demonstrations

Farm visits on the shores of Lough Na Fooey in beautiful Connemara, Co. Galway
Opening at 11:00
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After a long break we are very happy to be back and look forward to entertaining you all!

Scheduled demonstration times are 11am, 1pm and 3.30 pm Monday -Saturday. No booking needed. Drop in slightly before these times to catch the whole show. Alternative times are available by prior arrangement...

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Introducing’Pancake’ our first lamb of 2020. Looking forward to the start of the 2020 Season at Joyce Country Sheepdogs which will commence on 20th March.

Open for the 2019 season.

We are looking forward to seeing you all.

Our demonstration times are 11am, 1pm and 3.30 pm from Monday - Saturday (inclusive).
No booking required at these times.

Lambing season....come along and see all the litte wolly wonders

Scheduled demonstration times are 11am, 1pm and 3.30 pm Monday -Saturday. No booking needed, just show up.

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Demonstrations and talks held at 11am, 1pm and 3:30pm. Monday - Saturday inclusive. No booking needed, just show up.

Admission: Adults €10, under 12yrs €5, under 5yrs free

Family rate: 2 adults and 2 under 12yrs €25

Group rates available for groups of 15+

Other times or out of season by appo...

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a year ago
What a gorgeous activity to do, especially on a lovely dry, sunny day. Joe was friendly and informative. His dogs, lambs and goats were so cute. The view from Joe's home is worth the trip! 😍 A stunning part of Ireland. Peaceful and unspoilt beauty all around. My kids and the adults really enjoyed the experience. Would highly recommend.
- Ayfa M
10 months ago
Our visit to Joyce country Sheepdogs was a memorable experience and a highlight for all ages on our trip to Ireland. Joe was friendly, full of fascinating facts about Ireland and the history of the area and sheep farming and culture. His dogs were remarkable at the shepherding demonstration, while Joe explained every nuance and behavior. The children in our group - one, four and seven years old, were entertained by the shepherding action, and interacting with the animals. This trip was a real gem. We called in advance to let Joe know we were heading to him on a rainy day.
- P F
9 months ago
What a treat! A gorgeous place situated in a picturesque valley between the hills and near a lake. Family owned / managed, sharing their lively pack of sheep dogs, and their routines. Lots of fun for kids and adults alike!
- Gilad I

Sheepdog demonstrations & sales

Joyce Country Sheepdogs is part of a family run farm located in Connemara, Co. Galway on the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland. We offer you the opportunity to visit a working hill sheep farm and watch the Border Collie sheepdogs herding Connemara Blackface sheep. Border Collie sheepdogs and puppies are available to buy.
Joe Joyce is the third generation of his family to farm sheep in the Joyce Country area.  Some 700 years ago, the rugged landscape of this area attracted a Welshman of Norman origins called Thomas Joyce who married a local girl and settled in the area which now bears his name. 
It is therefore fitting that Joe now farms this area together with his wife Mary Ann, who also happens to hail from the South Wales area.  Mary Ann did not arrive at Joyce Country empty handed, she brought along a sheepdog with impressive bloodlines, named Roy.  This led to further imports from Wales such as Sweep and Ben. 
The farm is nestled between the Maumturk and Partry Mountains just off the Wild Atlantic Way. Joe is delighted to share his love of sheep farming and dog handling with visitors, young and old a like.

Open March 1st  - September 30th 

Scheduled demonstration times are 11am, 1pm and 3.30 pm Monday -Saturday. No booking needed. Drop in slightly before these times to catch the whole show. Alternative times are available by prior arrangement.

Admission rates for 2023
adults- €15 ,children under 12- €5 
Group rates available for groups of 15+ people. 
Private demonstrations also available by prior arrangement

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Co. Galway
F12 W027

Opening Hours

Mon:11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tue:11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wed:11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thu:11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fri:11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat:11:00 am – 4:00 pm
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