The Diocese of Waterford and Lismore ever mindful of the proud title “Parva Roma” which received in 1640 from the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Rinuccini, accorded a tumultuous welcome to Father Peyton on Sunday July 11th 1954, Dungarvin’s first of three Diocesan Rosary Rallies arranged by the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, most Rev.Dr Cohalan.

Fr Peyton seen addressing his audience of between 20,000 and 25,000 in the local show grounds.