A congregation estimated to number almost 18,000 people, many of whom had travelled through the early hours of the morning from distant parts of Ireland, heard Father Peyton appeal for greater devotion to the Family Rosary at Knock Shrine on Sunday May 2, 1954.

This was the third great Rosary Rally to be held in the Archdiocese of Tuam. The Knock Rally coincided with many special pilgrimages to the shrine where remarkable scenes of devotion were witnessed throughout the day.