Thousands of people from many parts of the Diocese of Achonry gathered on Ballaghaderreen on Sunday May 23rd 1954, and fro more than an hour stood in Heavy rain to listen to Rev. Patrick Peyton speak on the Family Rosary. The rally brought one of the largest assemblies ever seen in the town.

Father Peyton spoke from an alter erected in the Market Square. The Bishop of Achonry Most Re. Dr. Fergus attended with members of the Cathedral Chapter, clergy of the Diocese and members of the religious communities

Fr Peyton on his way from St Nathy College to the Market Square accompanied by the Bishop of Achonry Most Rev. Dr. Fergus and Right Rev. Monsignor Dean Blaine, P.P., V.G., Tubbercurry and Very Rev T. McVann Adm Ballaghaderreen.