The Newport Shepherds are on a nationwide mission to bring farming life and nature back into schools.
We are committed to caring for, protecting, and enhancing our nation’s heritage for future generations. Having perfected our skills on the hills of Newport, Co. Mayo and the Andes, our sheepdog training and demonstration business offers a unique experience for your students.
Whether we bring our mobile show to your school or you choose to come visit us on our traditional sheep farm in Deradda, Newport, Co. Mayo, we guarantee a memorable day for students of all ages.
Our interactive demonstrations involve historically exploring how the Border Collie breed developed in farming over the years, how these special work dogs are trained and how they learn. Discover how important sheepdogs are in everyday life in Ireland and how they have been part of the history of humankind.
You will also learn about our different breeds of sheep and the importance of their adaptation to the mountains and much more.
Experience Irish traditions and the day to day life of a real Irish shepherd, watch live sheepdog demonstrations, witness traditional farming methods and skills that have been handed down through generations, hear fascinating stories about our ancestors. Meet new puppies, our therapy dog Guapo, and our famous mountain dog Birch from our mobile petting farm.
We also invite students to work hands-on with our highly trained sheepdogs.
Book a School Demonstration
Book the Newport Shepherds, escape the classroom and bring Agricultural Science to life.
Our all-weather outdoor demonstration lasts approx 30-45mins. Group sizes of up to 45 students can be catered for per session with multiple slots available during the school day. All that is required is a green area or any outdoor space of a minimum of fifteen metres in diameter for a round pen. The demonstration takes place in this area.
Please feel free to contact us with any queries and discuss booking a demonstration or a tour for your school.
Paul Walker: 087 4402220
Alan Moran: 085 1050094
Some happy customers
Thanks to Paul and Alan for visiting our school and for bringing Agricultural Science to life for our students.St. Joseph’s, Foxford, Co.Mayo
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience of the Newport Shepherds; the sheepdog demonstration was very educational & we gained insight into the breeding of dogs & how intelligent they are. We would thoroughly recommend this tour to other groups & our school has already made plans to return in the future with other class groups.St. Gerald's College, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
We had Paul and Alan visit our school and do a workshop with transition years. They were fantastic and our girls loved every minute of it. See you all next year!St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar, Co. Mayo