Careers at Smarmore Castle

Safe & Expert Addiction Treatment & Detox

Smarmore Offers Unrivalled Facilities and Medically Managed Detox From Drugs and Alcohol.

Help Change Lives

When it comes to job satisfaction, it doesn’t get much more rewarding than working at Smarmore Castle. Every day we see lives change right in front of our eyes – when people who have come in sick and broken, rid of their bodies of drugs, regain their health and strength and hope for the future. We see families rebuilt and we receive heartfelt thank yous from our patients when they leave. All of this makes working here a truly rewarding experience. Working at Smarmore Castle you will not only be playing your part in saving somebody’s life, but you will also be part of an enthusiastic team and you will be appreciated and valued while you do it. 

If you are a talented professional who is passionate about helping people recover from alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling and other addictions, then join us! We are a multinational and multidisciplinary team and many of our staff come from Europe and countries outside the European Union.

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Learn more about what makes Smarmore Castle a leading private addiction rehab clinic in Ireland.

An Employer To Be Proud Of

You will be working at a residential clinic that was recently successful in ISO accreditation and in the final stages of CHKS accreditation. We are committed to exemplary standards of clinical governance and quality improvement and Smarmore Castle is highly regarded by referrers across Europe, the UK and internationally. 

We are always looking to connect with people who align closely with our values and who demonstrate passion and leadership qualities. If you think that’s you and you are interested in a nursing career with Smarmore Castle, then please contact us today.

A Place To Belong

All our staff are warmly welcomed into the ‘Smarmore Castle Family’ and are given the opportunity to make the most of their skills and experience, and to invest in their continuous professional development to help our patients. Each and every person who works here plays a part in supporting the future growth and success of Smarmore Castle.

A Workplace That Takes Care of You

A career at Smarmore Castle offers excellent career development and training opportunities. Perks of working at Smarmore Castle include free staff open gym/pool sessions, free lunches, free parking, and a chance to work in a stunning countryside location. 

Reaching Out

Our caring admissions team are here to answer your questions in complete confidentiality.


We recognise the contribution you give to our service in the following ways:

  • A competitive salary
  • Up to 29 – 34 days of annual leave
  • Staff training schemes
  • Free Garda check
  • Free Parking
  • Free lunch
  • Free staff gym/pool use
  • Employee support scheme via Peninsula

*New recruit must pass the 6-month ‘probation’ period.

Join Our Team

If you want to become a part of our team, check the section below for current vacancies you can apply for.

We regularly update this page, however, feel free to contact us to see if any other unadvertised jobs are available in our team.

Current Vacancies


We recognise the contribution you give to us in the following ways:

  • Free on-site parking
  • Free lunch
  • Sick pay
  • Garda Vetting cost coverage
  • Ongoing training support
  • Pension plan after 3 months’ employment

About Smarmore Castle and our International Network

Smarmore Castle is family-owned and family-run by the McCann family who is based in Scotland and has roots in Ireland. Smarmore Castle is the sister clinic of Castle Craig, Scotland, which was founded in 1988 as Scotland’s first rehab clinic and has a world-renowned reputation in the treatment of people suffering from addictions.

Smarmore Castle is located near Ardee in Co Louth which is within commuting distance from Dublin. We offer inpatient detox from drugs and alcohol and an intensive 12 Step therapy and dual diagnosis programme. We have the capacity for 22 patients. 

The Castle Craig Group is made up of Smarmore Castle; Castle Craig in Scotland, Castle Craig Nederlands, and Stockholms beroendeklinik in Sweden.

Want To Make a Difference?

If you are searching for a role where you can help change lives and watch people begin the road to recovery, and join an inspirational team, then Smarmore Castle is the right place for you.

Look at the section below to see if any current vacancies apply to you or send a speculative CV to us. Also follow us on Linked In where we post our latest vacancies. 

  • How to Access Rehab With Health Insurance

    For those experiencing existing mental health conditions in Ireland, there are private medical insurers who can help you cover treatment. As addiction experts, we know that receiving the appropriate care and support when you have a mental health disorder is pivotal to attaining long-lasting recovery. Below, we will go through the various health insurance options to help you understand your options when it comes to seeking private residential care for substance abuse. Please note that there is no guarantee that you can be covered for all addiction problems as policies are always assessed on a case-by-case basis. Find Out More

  • My Loved One Doesn’t Want Help, What Do I Do?

    You can’t force someone to go to rehab. A person must be ready to commit to treatment if they want to get the most out of the programme. However, there are ways in which you can encourage someone to enter rehab, one of these ways is via an intervention with a trained interventionist, who facilitates an honest discussion between family members and the individual. This is something Smarmore Castle can arrange – contact us today.

  • Which Drugs Does Smarmore Castle Detox From?

    We offer detox from any drug, whether they are illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, ketamine; or prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines or zopiclone, oxycodone, zolpidem, klonopin, methadone, cannabis; and legal drugs such as alcohol.

  • How Long Is the Treatment Programme?

    Our treatment programme starts at 4 weeks and is flexible in length, giving you the opportunity to extend for a longer period if you need it.

  • Do You Treat Dual Diagnosis?

    Yes. All patients are reviewed by a consultant psychiatrist in the first week and we can diagnose and provide treatment for a number of co-occurring mental health conditions.

  • Do I Need to Be Abstinent Before Admission?

    Our medically managed detoxification with 24/7 medical cover means that we can perform complete and complex detoxes at Smarmore Castle. You don’t need to be abstinent before arrival.

  • How Do I Get To Rehab Safely?

    Smarmore Castle is one hour north of Dublin international airport, please speak to our advisors if you require collection from an airport.

    We can also arrange a ‘sober transport’ service with a trusted driver, from anywhere in Ireland or Northern Ireland, at an additional cost.

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