Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials

Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials

Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
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Located on the famous Slea Head Road. Visitors can view a local sheep-farmer skillfully working his sheepdogs in gathering and controlling sheep movement. This skill has been handed down from generation to generation as sheep have been kept here on Mount Eagle for hundreds of years. This is the only location in West Kerry offering such an attraction.
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Leslie G
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The dogs were great and the owner was wonderful at explaining how he trains them. The dogs were excited to see everyone and were full of energy. Definitely stop if you’re traveling the Dingle Peninsula!
Written 1 September 2022
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Rita G
Brenham, TX187 contributions
Our tour company chose this event for us and they did not disappoint. The countryside shows how harsh the area is to live but beautiful at the same time. The demonstration was fun to see the two dogs work the sheep, one in English and the other in Irish commands. Worth the stop to walk up to the cottages as well. Well done.
Written 4 May 2022
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Wendy P
Wheaton, IL60 contributions
Our tour company, A Rural Experience made sure we added this to our itinerary. We were greeted by Joe Joyce, the proprietor, sheep herder and dog trainer. Spent about an hour learning about how the dogs are trained, then saw a demonstration. Truly fascinating. Added another layer to learning about life on the West coast of Ireland. Highly recommend adding this to any trip you're planning.
Written 1 November 2021
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LondonDweller2010
Greater London, UK184 contributions
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Gabriel had one sheep demonstration booked this week in the off-season for a tour bus group and we were able to join. We sent an email beforehand through his site to check what time and to confirm. He responded quickly.
My mother uses a wheelchair and Gabriel advised us how to drive up his back roads to the famine cottages. She was able to tour the cottages but there was still another incline to the watch the sheepdogs, so she opted to not join us there.
Gabriel put on a great show and we loved seeing Sailor and Captain, two of his dogs, work with the sheep!
Written 23 October 2019
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Emma Louise F
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Loved the demonstration, it was done professionally and with good Irish craic thrown in. The historical sites around where the demo takes place are of interest particularly the famine cottage and the beehive formations up the road. The dogs are incredible to watch and it really is great to see the companionship between human and dog.
Written 17 October 2019
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Sassafras G
Baltimore, MD83 contributions
This was awesome! A man, two dogs, and a bunch of sheep! One dog responded to commands in Gaelic and the other in English. It was so cool to watch them work in tandem and the speed in which they responded to the commands or whistles was incredible.
The demo lasted for about 20 minutes and is well worth the money.
There is ample parking.
You must walk up a VERY still hill see the demo and the famine huts.
Famine hut entry does not include the demonstration.
There is a large sized port-a-pot onsite with running water.
Written 27 August 2019
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stephen k
minneapolis5 contributions
So much fun! The dogs are an inspiration, with their unbelievable speed and enthusiasm in responding to the words and whistles of the trainer. The sheep get a good workout, too. It's sweet to feed the sheep, ponies, and donkeys. And there's the stunning view to the Skellig Michael Islands. So sad to visit the famine cottages there, and ponder how ruthlessness can come to be incentivised.
Written 6 August 2019
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Louise M
London, UK5 contributions
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We had a really great time watching the young sheep dogs Captain and Sailor round up all the sheep. My children were fascinated. I would highly recommend.Just make sure that when you enter Famine Cottages (which is where the sheepdog demos are) you mention that you would like to watch the demo as the entrance fee of 3euros is for the cottages only and you need to pay more for the demo. It got slightly confusing for us as we thought the entrance fee covered both the cottages and the demo and we thought we would miss the demo whilst going down the hill to pay, but luckily we were able to pay on the way out for the demo.
Written 2 June 2019
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Broncos95mom
Jacksonville, FL35 contributions
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Many Thanks to Gabriel and his well-trained, enthusiastic dogs for braving the rain and wind to show off their amazing skills! We visited April 26 and the weather was terrible! A van of other tourists opted not to stand in the elements, by Gabriel was kind enough to perform a demonstration for just 4 of us because we had come so far to see him.
Oh, are we glad we stayed! The dogs' skills are amazing! They are intense and seemed thrilled to be doing their job of herding first the cows then the sheep. The cows seemed angry to be bothered and the sheep seemed a bit confused.
But those dogs! Wow! they are amazing in their energy, intensity and enthusiasm!
Living in an urban setting, I have never in my life seen sheep herding before and have a deep respect for the trainer and the dogs' skills.
I highly recommend visitors to the Dingle Peninsula arrange to visit Dingle Sheepdogs!
Written 9 May 2019
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phil753
Richmond, VA232 contributions
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We were advised to check the day before to ensure that the demonstration would happen. It did and it was one of the most amazing things in a country of amazing things. Two sheepdogs, one trained in English and the other in Irish, what fun. The trainer was funny and interesting and able to share his knowledge of "sheepdogging"! This is a "must-see"!
Written 2 October 2018
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