Dean Shiels makes his second signing of the Summer as he welcomes centre midfielder, Brendan Barr, on loan from Derry City.

Manager, Dean Shiels, with new signing, Brendan Barr.

Twenty-one year old, Barr, was most recently at Ballymena United on loan from the Derry Club.

Described as a versatile player who can operate in a variety of positions, he is best suited to playing as an attacking central midfielder or in the No10 role.

We are excited about the signing of Brendan and Manager, Dean Shiels, is looking forward to working with him.

“I’m delighted to sign Brendan, he’s a player who had a really good season for Ballymena last year. There was a lot of interest in him, in this window. I’m delighted he has chosen to come to us because he had a lot of options. I think he’s going to really benefit the team. He’s got good technique and a good edge, he’s hungry, he’s good in the tackle, he can get forward and add more goals to his game. He’s definitely a player who is going to improve us, he’s hungry to prove a point next year. I think he’s going to be a big player for us.”

Manager, Dean shiels
Brendan Barr

Having started his career with Finn Harps, where he remained until he was seventeen, Brendan then moved to Derry City Academy. After graduating to the first team, at The Brandywell, he played a few first team games and then went on loan to Ballymena United. Brendan has been back training with Derry City again recently but is now eager to get involved with his new team mates when pre season starts again soon.

I’m really looking forward to get working with Dean and Anthony (Gorman). I know l’m going to enjoy playing my football here at Stangmore Park. I want to do my best to play my part in helping the Club climb up the table and keep moving in the right direction.

Brendan Barr

We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Ruaidhri Higgins and Derry City for making the move for Brendan possible.

Welcome to Stangmore Park, Brendan. We wish you every success as a Dungannon Swifts player.


Pictured: Defender, John Scott, signing for Dungannon Swifts while Manager, Dean Shiels, watches over him.

Dean Shiels has made his first signing of the Summer welcoming Dungannon born, John Scott, back to Dungannon Swifts.

Scott who came through the ranks at Dungannon United Youth and played for Swifts Reserves team until he was seventeen years old, joins us from neighbours Loughgall FC.

John is a local lad with strong ties to the Club. He’s a player who’s been on our radar for the past year and we are delighted to sign him. He’s quick defensively and can play equally as good at centre back and left full back. He’s at the right age were he has great potential to improve and he’s got a great attitude and desire to play for the Club.

I’m looking forward to working with him.

Manager – Dean Shiels.

Scott, who turns twenty-one tomorrow (5th June) and lives only a stones throw away from Stangmore Park, is eager to get going again at his home town Club.

John Scott

I am delighted to sign for Dungannon Swifts. I am looking forward to starting my Irish League Career as a Dungannon Swifts player. I can’t wait to get started and help the team as best as I can. It’s a proud moment for me to sign for my home town and I would like to thank Dean and the Club for giving me this opportunity.

New Signing – John Scott

John is an older brother of our U20’s player Steven.

Welcome back to Stangmore Park, John. We wish you every success!


DUNGANNON Swifts manager Dean Shiels is the Aktivora Manager of the Month for January. 

The former Rangers and Northern Ireland player guided the Swifts to league victories over Warrenpoint Town, Larne, Portadown and Carrick Rangers.  

He’s only the second man from the Stangmore Park club to win the prestigious monthly prize. 

He said: “To get the Manager of the Month award is brilliant for me but I have to give total credit to the staff and especially the playing staff, they’re the ones on the pitch, they’re the ones doing the business for us. 

“Each week our team is averaging an age of 21, we have good staff in Tony Gorman, Terry Fitzpatrick and Dwayne Nelson, we’re very tight knit, the physio, the kit man it’s a big effort from everyone. 

“It was a big month for us. What started it was the 2-0 win over Knockbreda in the Irish Cup. We used that momentum to go to Warrenpoint. We won at Warrenpoint and took it from there. 

“It was a brilliant month for us, and the lads deserve a lot of credit for their effort because there were Saturday-Tuesday weeks in there which is tough going on the squad. It was a collective effort.”

Cathair Friel Comes In On Loan

Dungannon Swifts FC are pleased to announce the arrival of Cathair Friel.

Friel in action for Coleraine FC

The striker joins on loan from Coleraine until the end of the season.

After a brief spell at The Showgrounds in 2011, Friel would make his name at Limavady United where his 46 goals in a single season helped the Roesiders win the Championship Two title in 2015/16.

Those performances alerted the attention of Ballymena United as Friel joined the Sky Blues in 2016/17 and he would lift the League Cup, as well as scoring in an Irish Cup final defeat to Glentoran during his time on Warden Street. In total, Friel made 162 appearances and scored 70 times for the Braidmen.

Cathair Friel celebrating a goal for Ballymena United

Speaking about the loan move for Friel, Dunganon Swifts boss, Dean Shiels, had this to say;

“I’m very happy to get Cathair on board. He is a proven Premier League goal scorer and those are hard to come by.

He gives us another dimension to our attack and I’m sure he will thrive with the attacking talent we already have here at Dungannon Swifts”

Dean Shiels – Dungannon Swifts Manager

The 28-year-old finished last season with Carrick Rangers and scored four times in 23 appearances for the Amber Army.

To date, Friel has made 23 appearances for Oran Kearney’s side – scoring six times in the process.

Friel is eligible to feature for the Swifts in this year’s Irish Cup.

We would like to thank Oran Kearney and Coleraine FC for helping to get this deal done and over the line in such a short space of time.

Welcome to Stangmore, Cathair. We wish you well in a Dungannon Swifts jersey.

McDonald returns to Stangmore Park

Dungannon Swifts FC are delighted to announce the signing of Ruairi McDonald from Annagh United.

Dungannon Swifts new signing – Ruairi McDonald

He joins on a two and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee.

McDonald re-joins Dungannon Swifts after spending six seasons at Stangmore before joining Annagh United in 2018. During his previous stint at Dungannon, he also had a short loan spell at Loughgall FC.

During his time at Annagh United, he was part of the Intermediate League Title winning squad, scoring 14 goals in 25 appearances.

Ruairi McDonald playing for Annagh United FC

Swifts Manager, Dean Shiels, had this to say about his recent acquisition;

“Ruairi is someone who fits the profile of the player we want to bring to the club. He’s a talented midfielder with hunger to join the club.

He has been outstanding this season in the Lough 41 Championship and I’m delighted to get him signed.”

DSFC Manager, Dean Shiels

A massive thank you to Ciaran McGurgan, manager of Annagh United, for making this deal possible in such a short space of time.

Welcome back to Dungannon Swifts, Ruairi. We wish you all the best in a Swifts jersey.

Captain Smyth secures move to The U’s

Oisin Smyth, 21, has secured a move into full time football with Oxford United FC for an undisclosed fee.

Speaking to us about the move Oisin had this to say;

“I just want to say a massive thank you to Dungannon Swifts for everything they’ve done for me. Dungannon have looked after me for almost 10 years now and I owe a lot to this club.

It’s always been a dream of mine to move to England to play professional football and when the opportunity arose for me I didn’t think twice of grasping it with both hands.

“I would like to thank both Dungannon Swifts and Oxford United for making this move happen in such short space of time.”

Oisin Smyth

Smyth worked his way up through the ranks at Dungannon United Youth, like so many of our first team players, and eventually broke into the first team in the 2018/19 season. His presence has been accounted for in virtually every game since.

“I try to be the first person in the car park for training but Oisin has beat me couple of times. He’s the first player to arrive and last to leave the training pitch.

“My first big decision was to appoint him Captain of the Club as I seen his potential straight away; he was the obvious choice.

“He’s been pleasure to work with and wish him all the best. I will take great satisfaction watching his career develop in the years to come.”

DSFC Manager, Dean Shiels

Oisin was handed the Club Captaincy at the end of the 2020/21 season and has showed great maturity in this role despite his young age.

“A massive thank you to Dean and the coaching staff for showing faith in me to Captain this great club, I have enjoyed every minute of it. It has been an absolute honour.”

Oisin Smyth
Oisin pictured with his Grandfather, Pat McGibbon Snr (left) and father Liam Smyth (right)

Smyth has hailed from a great footballing family. His father played Irish League Football and he is nephew of former Manchester United and Northern Ireland player, Pat McGibbon.

A model professional who worked hard in training, impressed Northern Ireland U21 boss John Schofield during the current season and has so far received 3 International caps.

Away from football, Oisin also starred on the Gaelic pitch with his school St. Ronan’s College, Lurgan. Smyth helped his team lift the prestigious MacRory Cup and Hogan Cup in 2018. The highest accolade of Ulster and Ireland Schoolboy Gaelic Football.

From all at Dungannon Swifts, we wish you the best of luck on the move. We have no doubt that you will make a big impression in the professional game.

Thank you for everything you have done for Dungannon Swifts FC.

Good Luck, Oisin.