The club is based on its own grounds on Archerstown Road, outside Ashbourne on a 14 acre site. The latest development added an additional 2.5 acres to the site to bring it the current size. The club previously started in the town of Ashbourne in ‘Ned Nulty’s’ field which is now party of the Garden City area of the town, in 1974. The club then spent a number of years in the local athletic grounds in Kilsallaghan, near the Draper stables, and is called the Arkle. In 1985 the club relocated to its present grounds.
The ground initially consisted of two pitches and dressing rooms, plus the original bar, but the pitches were prone to be unplayable in a wet season. In 2005 the executive of Ashbourne RFC put in place a 40 page Development Plan for the structure and plans for implementing the clubs goals and objectives, and take the club to its next level. The plan sets out six main strategic areas of focus, aligned to the IRFU Strategic Plan of 2004, and sets out top line objectives for the club and it’s Executive to be achieved. The strategic areas are: Rugby Development, Youth Development, Facilities, Commercial Programme, Marketing and P.R for the Club, Leadership, Management and Structure. this plan has now finished and has been fully implemented. [Summer 2011]
The clubhouse has two bars, a modern function room to cater for over 300-400 people, four dressing rooms, a newly refurbished fully equipped rugby gym [Done Summer 2021] and a large shower area. The grounds consist of a large car park, Three all weather sand based playing pitches, all of which have flood lights to match standard and 2 5-a-side Astro-turf pitches with flood lighting as well..
In season 2015/2016 the club opened a a full international size 4G playing area which will cater for rugby primarily but will also be available for soccer and other sports. It was opened by the President of the IRFU Martin O’Sullivan, accompanied by the President of the Leinster Branch, Robert McDermott in September 2015. The pitch is fully enclosed and has match quality floodlighting.
The club is frequently used by Leinster and IRFU squads as a training site and for games and the club hosted the Irelands Womens team including the season when they won the six nations championship in 2015. The club has also hosted the Provincial Towns Cup on two recent occasions.
The club is committed to excellence in both its involvement in the game of rugby at all levels, and in providing amenities and facilities to the town of Ashbourne. The club sees it itself as community based and for the betterment of the town of Ashbourne and its hinterland