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Careers at Smarmore Castle

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 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, you will 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.

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. 


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

  • A competitive salary
  • Up to 29 – 34 days 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

Therapist (Full-time)

Salary: €42,000

We are seeking enthusiastic Addiction Therapists to join our therapy team at Smarmore Castle.

Smarmore Castle is a unique place to work where you will have the support of a strong team and opportunities for professional development. You will operate within a multidisciplinary team of therapists, doctors and nurses.

A degree (Min. level 8) in counselling, psychotherapy or psychology is required, as is training or experience of 12 step facilitation or CBT.

Ideally, successful candidates will have training and experience in either trauma focused therapy or eating disorders. Successful candidates are required to be accredited by the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (or equivalent) or consideration will be given to candidates working towards accreditation.

Duties and responsibilities will normally include individual, group and family therapy for patients with alcohol and drug dependence. Successful candidates will also be expected to act as case managers for up to 6 patients – working to co-ordinate all aspects of care for each patient, including developing individualised treatment plans and follow-up with referral sources.

Further training opportunities are provided.

Informal enquiries and visits are welcomed.

Smarmore Castle is a centre of excellence for the treatment of addictive diseases, located in the Co. Louth within a 45 minute commute to Dublin. Established since 2015 we treat up to 22 patients with the 12 Step model of addiction treatment. We also have clinics and networks in Scotland, the Netherlands and Sweden.

To apply, download an application form and send with your CV and cover letter to:

Fiona Shekleton, Office Administrator, Smarmore Castle, Smarmore, Ardee, Co. Louth, A92 YY22, Ireland. Tel: +353 (0)41 214 5111 and 


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 family-owned and family-run by the McCann family who are based in Scotland and have 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 for people suffering from addictions.

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

Last updated & clinically assessed 26 August, 2022