Forty thousand people gathered in Waterford City on Wednesday night, July 14th, 1954, to hear Father Peyton. The Rally, the second to be held in the diocese of Waterford and Lismore took place in the grounds of St. John’s College.

The rally was organised for the Waterford Deanery, which embraces the city and a large portion of the county, but the massed ranks of the big hosting from the area was augmented by thousands of people from various other parts of Munster and also from Leinster.