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“Don't miss the sheep dogs” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Russborough House

Russborough House
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Wicklow
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Owner description: A beautifully refurnished 18th century mansion housing the world-famous Albert Beit collection of art.
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“Don't miss the sheep dogs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

Really nice place to visit. The highlight for the whole family was the sheepdog demonstration. Just fascinating! And very nicely presented by a local farmer with lots of interesting information.

Visited August 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Russborough House - a step back into History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

What a wonderful step back into history! A beautiful house and an example of one so well preserved. Despite the fact that these grand mansions are associated with many of the discredited Anglo-Irish landlord class, it must be recognised that most of the craftsmen were Irish people and, in a way, these houses are a testament to their talents and so they can be seen as an integral part of our Irish heritage and must be preserved.
The quality the plasterwork on the ceilings is exquisite to anyone with a real appreciation of such delicate and ornate work. Such a selection of beautiful paintings adorn the walls and many are by very important international artists. All in all, the house has such a real feel of history that it is well worth a visit.

Visited August 2014
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North Reading, Massachusetts
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“A terrific place and don't miss the sheep herding!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

This is a great place to stop on the way between Dublin and the South of Ireland. Beautiful old house and grounds with terrific artwork on display, and a great outdoor Maze.

But the hit of our visit (and probably our entire trip to Ireland) was the Sheep Herding demonstration. Michael Crowe and his border collies perform quite a show, unlike anything we have ever seen. As he is a fulltime shepherd/sheep farmer, he taught us all about dogs, sheep farming and how they are trained. These dogs were the smartest and hardest working creatures we've ever seen, and they make the sheep do just about anything. Michael showed how the dogs know commands by voice, whistle and hand signals, and know their left from their right.

Michael was warm, friendly and enthusiastic, and we can't say enough about how great he was with us and everyone there. His passion for the craft is incredible. This is a treat not to be missed.

Visited August 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Tea and Sheep Dogs in Russborough House”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

Russborough House is a little outside Dublin, but well worth the trip. If you go, be sure to go to the sheep dog demonstration. Even if you know next to nothing about sheep or dogs, you will find this fascinating. Trainer is a farmer who has been training dogs for 30 years. He is entertaining, funny but above all, totally expert with his dogs. He will show you how the command whistles work and go into the different personality of each dog. At five euros per person it is a steal,
Apart from this, there are guided tours of the beautiful house (E10) and you can also take tea from china cups in Lady Beit's pantry!
For the kiddies there is an amazing maze and playground.

Visited August 2014
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Lubbecke, Germany
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“Don't miss the shepherd!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

Lovely House and garden, amusing guided tour, interesting views over some modern art sculptures into the landscape, but the best of all.... was the sheep dog presentation! A sympathic shepherd showed his astonishing work with two Dogs and 10 sheep of different kinds. As owner of two dogs, we have never seen something like this before.

Visited July 2014
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