Joyce Country Sheepdogs
Joyce Country Sheepdogs
5
11:00 - 16:30
Monday
11:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 16:30
Thursday
11:00 - 16:30
Friday
11:00 - 16:30
Saturday
11:00 - 16:30
About
An authentic insight into hill sheep farming and rural Irish 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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Patrick
    1 contribution
    Highly Recommend!!!
    What an excellent activity and learning experience! Joe was extremely informative and friendly! He truly loves his dogs! The sheepdogs are adorable but also incredibly talented! It's also a great way to learn about and gain appreciation for the farmer's way of life.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Sandra C
    3 contributions
    So much fun!!
    Incredibly fun experience. Joe is true country gentleman. His command of his dogs is amazing and we had so much fun listening to the stories. The trip out is a little long but the scenery is well worth it.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 30 May 2023
  • 3inacanoe
    49 contributions
    Amazing experience—can’t be missed!!
    We absolutely LOVED this!!! Joe Joyce was wonderful. Very passionate about his sheep dogs and was a very animated speaker. My 13-year old loved having an opportunity to hold a 3- month old sheep and the sweet 2-week old sheep dog puppies. It was our first activity in the Connemara area and was the best thing we did in Ireland. This can’t be missed!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Rachel B
    Lake George, New York31 contributions
    Wonderful sheep dog demonstration!
    We were driving from Doolin to Galway and wanted to fit in a sheep farm/herding dog demonstration. Joyce Country Sheepdogs had one at the perfect time of day for us. We arrived and were welcomed by Joe Joyce and a few other visitors. We got to meet Joe’s border collies and their 9 week old puppies before the demonstration began. Joe told us about the farm, how he instructs the dogs, etc. The views were gorgeous and watching the border collies herd sheep from the top of the hills was so interesting! What a fun, intimate experience, we are so glad we made the trip!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Mb F
    35 contributions
    Unforgettable Experience
    We visited on our way to Galway a few weeks back and it was an amazing experience. Joe explained everything about sheep herding and we got to Meet his 8 week old puppies. Seeing the dogs go to work herding the sheep down the mountain was an unforgettable experience. He has them so well trained . Did I mention his place is located in the beautiful mountains with gorgeous views all around??? Definitely put this on your itinerary if coming to Ireland!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Ellen K
    6 contributions
    Don’t miss Joyce’s Sheepdog experience
    One of four in our party was extremely excited about this experience Four of four were completely thrilled we did it Joe is a showman in a reserved country farmer way His wit and personality make him a natural. Who knew the incredible intelligence of these beautiful creatures. We learned so much in a breath taking environment and had plenty of interaction with all of the animals on his property Possibly our favorite (and there were many) part of our trip💗
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 October 2023
  • KC
    Bronxville, New York22 contributions
    Memorable and Fun Experience
    So worth a visit! This was one of the best experiences on my recent trip. When I was doing the research for a day tour from Galway, I found that Lally Tours had an itinerary that included a sheepdog demonstration. As a city dweller and animal lover, this had a lot of appeal to me as a unique experience or something I wouldn't get to do back home. On the day of our visit, my partner and I were the only people at that particular demonstration. Joe took his time explaining to us about the family business, his community, how he trains the dogs, and answering our many questions. Joe was an entertaining host - very engaging, funny and a good storyteller. I won't get much into the details of the actual demonstration; it's something you would need to see and enjoy for yourself. As a bonus there was a litter of pups on the property and we got to play with them a bit. They were really cute, especially when a couple of them went out to the field and started imitating or following the older dog herding the sheep. This was a really fun experience that I would recommend to anyone.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 November 2023
  • Fenu
    Galway, Ireland42 contributions
    Exceptional!
    This is a truly unique experience in a stunning setting. Joe is so down to earth and welcoming. The dogs are really impressive, so well trained, enthusiastically showing off their skills and then joining us for lots of praise and petting afterwards. We got to see some puppies too, cuteness overload. It was wonderful to see this local business bringing people to such a beautiful setting.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 13 December 2023
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Fenu
Galway, Ireland42 contributions
Dec 2023 • Business
This is a truly unique experience in a stunning setting. Joe is so down to earth and welcoming. The dogs are really impressive, so well trained, enthusiastically showing off their skills and then joining us for lots of praise and petting afterwards. We got to see some puppies too, cuteness overload. It was wonderful to see this local business bringing people to such a beautiful setting.
Written 13 December 2023
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KC
Bronxville, NY22 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
So worth a visit! This was one of the best experiences on my recent trip. When I was doing the research for a day tour from Galway, I found that Lally Tours had an itinerary that included a sheepdog demonstration. As a city dweller and animal lover, this had a lot of appeal to me as a unique experience or something I wouldn't get to do back home. On the day of our visit, my partner and I were the only people at that particular demonstration. Joe took his time explaining to us about the family business, his community, how he trains the dogs, and answering our many questions. Joe was an entertaining host - very engaging, funny and a good storyteller. I won't get much into the details of the actual demonstration; it's something you would need to see and enjoy for yourself. As a bonus there was a litter of pups on the property and we got to play with them a bit. They were really cute, especially when a couple of them went out to the field and started imitating or following the older dog herding the sheep. This was a really fun experience that I would recommend to anyone.
Written 6 November 2023
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Ellen K
ny6 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
One of four in our party was extremely excited about this experience Four of four were completely thrilled we did it Joe is a showman in a reserved country farmer way His wit and personality make him a natural. Who knew the incredible intelligence of these beautiful creatures. We learned so much in a breath taking environment and had plenty of interaction with all of the animals on his property Possibly our favorite (and there were many) part of our trip💗
Written 22 October 2023
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Mb F
Schwenksville35 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We visited on our way to Galway a few weeks back and it was an amazing experience. Joe explained everything about sheep herding and we got to
Meet his 8 week old puppies. Seeing the dogs go to work herding the sheep down the mountain was an unforgettable experience. He has them so well trained .
Did I mention his place is located in the beautiful mountains with gorgeous views all around??? Definitely put this on your itinerary if coming to Ireland!
Written 24 September 2023
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Rachel B
Lake George, NY31 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We were driving from Doolin to Galway and wanted to fit in a sheep farm/herding dog demonstration. Joyce Country Sheepdogs had one at the perfect time of day for us. We arrived and were welcomed by Joe Joyce and a few other visitors. We got to meet Joe’s border collies and their 9 week old puppies before the demonstration began. Joe told us about the farm, how he instructs the dogs, etc. The views were gorgeous and watching the border collies herd sheep from the top of the hills was so interesting! What a fun, intimate experience, we are so glad we made the trip!
Written 20 September 2023
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Colleen K
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Couples
Such a cool experience! Definitely worth the drive from Galway. Joe was knowledgeable and friendly. You can tell he took great care of his animals and they were excited to participate in the demonstration
Written 19 September 2023
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3inacanoe
49 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We absolutely LOVED this!!! Joe Joyce was wonderful. Very passionate about his sheep dogs and was a very animated speaker. My 13-year old loved having an opportunity to hold a 3- month old sheep and the sweet 2-week old sheep dog puppies. It was our first activity in the Connemara area and was the best thing we did in Ireland. This can’t be missed!!
Written 5 August 2023
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Sandra C
3 contributions
May 2023
Incredibly fun experience. Joe is true country gentleman. His command of his dogs is amazing and we had so much fun listening to the stories. The trip out is a little long but the scenery is well worth it.
Written 30 May 2023
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PB
Dublin, Ireland12 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
Visited here with friends after hearing recommendations. Joe's house is located in a beautiful scenic area in Connemara, a short drive from Cong.

Seeing the sheepdog in action, in addition to hearing about the skill and some local history of the area was wonderful.

Joe is a very kind, truly authentic person! Would absolutely recommend.
Written 1 May 2023
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Erin
Vankleek Hill, Canada4 contributions
Apr 2023
This was an amazing experience! We could have stayed all day! Not only is the countryside spectacular but the hosts are amazing. Not expensive, very knowledgeable and the dogs are super amazing!!!
Written 23 April 2023
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