Intense downpours of rain lasting for considerable periods did not prevent Roscommon’s Rosary Crusade Rally from being held on Thursday, May 27th, 1954 and an estimated crowd of 20,000 gathered in St Coman’s Park to take part in it. While Father Peyton was addressing the crowd there was a heavy shower but he continued speaking as an umbrella was held over his head. Despite the weather, the rally was accorded the enthusiasm and zeal which had been a feature of previous gatherings in the West.

Heading the procession was a group of acolytes clad in red and white and behind whom came flag-bearers carrying the papal, National, Marian and U.S colours

Children of Mary,girls and boys from the diocesan, convents and schools,sodalities, hospital nurses and the general public composed the procession.