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The Sportsmans Bar & Restaurant, Ravensdale, Co. Louth

Co. Louth

Tel: +353 (0) 42 9371537
Fax: +353 (0) 42 9371537
Proprietor: Paul & Susan Keane

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About Us

The Sportsmans has been a welcome food stop for commuters on the Dublin/Belfast Road for many years. Our roadhouse style menu provides for freshly prepared food and our steaks and grills are renowned for their quality and generous portions. Once owned by the famous show jumping and football family, The Kernans, The Sportsmans was named after “Sportsman” a classy show jumper sold to David Broom, the world-renowned British rider. Testament to our good food is the large number of coach parties who visit – particularly race goers, rugby and football clubs and shoppers. Our meals are reasonably priced and offer good value with a wide range in price and choice. All food supplies are sourced locally and only prime Irish beef, lamb and pork are used. Our vegetables are freshly prepared in-house and even young children ask their parents to dine at the Sportsmans because the chips are so tasty!! You are assured of a warm welcome, quick service, excellent food and you can chill out away from the bustle of urban life. The first thing new visitors to the Sportsmans will discover is the large car park where you can park in comfort. We also have an outdoor children’s playground where children can enjoy the swings and slides allowing parents the chance to relax. Food is served all day in the bar commencing with breakfast at 10.00am until 12.30pm when lunch begins. At 3.00pm we switch over to an extensive A La Carte menu where you can choose from soup and a sandwich to a luxurious fillet steak. Our dining room is more formal and is popular for family Sunday lunch, christenings or indeed any occasion where a little more privacy or intimacy is desired. Our bar and function room (seats 60) are very popular venues for 21st parties, anniversaries, coach parties etc.

Local Attractions

The Sportsmans is located just off the M1 in the picturesque Ravensdale Valley at the foot of the Cooley Mountains. Hill walking and pony trekking are very popular with visitors and there is an excellent indoor equestrian centre which provides schooling, riding lessons, show jumping, competitions etc. The Sportsmans is a popular rest/food stop for shoppers going to Newry (6kms) Belfast (50kms) and Jonesboro Market (4kms). Golf can be played at Ballymascanlon (4kms) home to the Proleek Dolmen. The Poc Fada, an official GAA competition takes place annually and the after match refreshments are provided at the Sportsmans.

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Whats on Offer:

  • Food
  • Parties Catered For
  • Pub Quiz
  • Restaurant
  • Sport


  • Baby-changing Facilities
  • Car Parking
  • Coach Tours
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Run
  • Function Room
  • High Chairs
  • Off Licence
  • Open Fire
  • Smoking Area
  • Wheelchair Access
  • WiFi


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