There were 4,000 people from the Deanery of Erris in Belmullet on Wednesday, June 2 1954 to greet the Bishop of Killala, Most ┬áRev. Dr. O’Boyle and Father Patrick Peyton for the opening of the Rosary Crusade in the Diocese.

The Houses, shops and cottages in Belmullet were newly-painted ad the streets bedecked with flags and bunting.

When his Lordship and Father Peyton arrived at the Barrack Street entrance to the town they were escorted to the Square with a guard of honour formed by local business men.

At the Square, school children dressed in white and blue, had come in procession from the local school.