Fifteen thousand people from North and Mid-Antrim attended a Rosary Rally addressed by Father Patrick Peyton in Ballymena on Thursday night June 17th 1954. The full programme was carried out despite persistent drizzle.

The Bishop of Down and Connor, most Rev. Dr. Mageean who presided, said the rain made the Rally an act of penance as well as prayer. Father Peyton spoke in praise of the people who by their deliberate free will, stood in the rain in an act of recognition of Almighty God."I would not change tonight for a great hot burning day" said Father Peyton, "You have give such joy." Later the skies cleared and the Rally ended in fine weather.