More than 30,000 people gathered in Loughrea on Sunday My 16th, 1954 with their Bishop and priests and religious od the Diocese of Clonfert to pay tribute to Our Lady at a Rosary Crusade Rally. It was regarded as the biggest gathering in the town since Liberator held his repeal demonstration there in 1843.

The fourteenth century statue of Our Lady of Clonfert being borne at the head of the procession in Loughrea.

Sections of the great gathering listening to Father Peyton

The huge crowd made an impressive sight as it stretched in a great semicircle around the open-air alter from which the Bishop of Clonfert, Most Rev. Dr Philbin and Father Peyton addressed the crowd.