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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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4 months ago
A highlight of our time in Ireland. Joe is super friendly, knowledgeable, and interesting. There were puppies to play with. The scenery was amazing. It was a perfect experience for our family. It is an hour drive from Galway but well worth it.
- Mark K
7 months ago
Joe was fun, informative and overall it was a great demonstration! We were able to see 2-day old puppies and pet some little sheep and goats. The location is absolutely beautiful! The drive there is also lovely. Thanks for the experience!
- Grace J
7 months ago
Gorgeous countryside. Words cannot do it justice. The sheepdogs are well trained and the demonstration was impressive and informative. Joe was funny and explained sheep farming and raising and training his dogs very thoroughly. He sheared a sheep for us and let the children bottle feed some lambs.
- Maggie R

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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