Under the guidance of Ernie O‘Malley, the local companies were restructured into the South Donegal No. 1 battalion with its headquarters in Bundoran. Companies from Bundoran, Kinlough, Belleek, Ballyshannon, and Tullaghan were incorporated into the battalion. Thomas Mc Shea was elected 81 battalion O/C. Patrick ̳Hun‘ O‘Doherty became vice O/C and Joseph Murray was chosen to act as intelligence officer.