Sheepdog Demonstrations

Farm visits on the shores of Lough Na Fooey in beautiful Connemara, Co. Galway
Open today until 16:00
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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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2 months ago
I brought about 40 French school kids and their teachers to this amazing experience just before lockdown in early March. Joe has amazing knowledge and the sight of the dogs climbing a mountainside to gather the sheep was spectacular. Highly recommended Connemara Joyce Country location. The lake beside it is amongst Ireland's finest hidden gems. Can't wait to bring tourists there again.
- Gary C
a year ago
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!!
- Jason L
a year ago
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 o...
- B 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.

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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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