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Smarmore Castle Private Clinic holds official opening

Kelvin Farrell | 6th July, 2016 at 2:59pm

Local drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility Smarmore Castle Private Clinic held its formal opening last week.

The clinic, which began accepting new patients in December last year, was formally opened by Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing and Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh.

The facility just outside Ardee has been extensively renovated for its new purpose and includes a 22 bed addiction treatment facility, with patients able to avail of treatments including medical and psychiatric assessment, detoxification as well as specialist therapies including 12 step facilitation and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Archbishop Eamon Martin was on hand to give his blessing to the new venture and the work undertaken at the clinic. In addition, he praised the owners for the work they do to tackle the issue of addiction in Ireland.

The Grand Master spoke of his own family’s association with the historic Smarmore Castle, stretching back over 750 years through the Taaffe branch. He expressed his satisfaction that the castle was being put to such good use, writes the Mid-Louth Independent.

CEO of Smarmore Castle Private Clinic - Dr Margaret McCann
CEO of Smarmore Castle Private Clinic – Dr Margaret McCann

The clinic’s owners, Castle Craig, announced in May that it would be expanding its operations in Smarmore, with the rehabilitation specialists set to create 48 new jobs in the coming months.

Castle Craig is run by Peter and Dr Margaret McCann, and the Smarmore Castle Private Clinic is their first clinic open in Ireland, having run successful clinics in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

The husband and wife duo are two of the UK’s leading experts in the field of addiction treatment. The clinic attracts patients from the UK and other European countries using an EU law which enables EU citizens to exercise a right to treatment in another EU country, with the treatment being funded by their home medical system.

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