Both parents and boys arrived at the Grotto shortly after 8.00p.m. They had been caught up in traffic as massive crowds were on their way to the Grotto. The road outside Cappoquin was blocked for about 2 miles from the Grotto. But the parents realised that there was possibly another back way to the Grotto and to their amazement they were able to drive to within 100yards of the Grotto. They went to their usual seat (now railed off), where Ursula joined them.
Shortly after some prayer, Our Blessed Lady appeared as usual – first the cloak of the statue blowing in the wind, with flowing golden hair, then as she spoke the apparition became the very clear head and shoulders vision – a young tanned face, with blue eyes, but this time wearing a veil the first and only night to appear thus).
Turning towards the people on the road, Our Blessed Lady said through the boys, SORRY and turning back she said I WANT PRAYERS
Always when she requested prayers the Rosary would be recited, then silence giving Our Blessed Lady an opportunity to speak, which she invariably did. She asked for more prayers and the hymn Peace is Flowing like a river, and then said: URSULA MUST GUARD YOU . She repeated this again later through the boys:
THE WORLD MUST IMPROVE AND THE WORLD MUST BELIEVE.
IF THE WORLD DOES NOT IMPROVE THE DEVIL WILL TAKE OVER THE CHURCH .
And again shortly afterwards:
IF THE WORLD DOES NOT IMPROVE THE DEVIL WILL TAKE OVER GODS CHURCH IN TEN YEARS .
Then Satan appeared on Our Blessed Ladys left, laughing and jeering at her. She was weeping. Tom said he felt a needle pain in his ears. Barry said he felt a sore lump in his throat. The boys described the devil as pock-marked face, bulging eyes, big teeth, pointed nose and jaw, little stumps of horns and big ears. He held a three pronged fork in his claw-like hand. His feet were cloven hoofed and he was a reddish brown colour. This vision disturbed many people.
As the night closed Our blessed lady asked for more prayers and the hymn, which she asked for frequently Peace is Flowing like a river.
The boys said that she was happy and that she was praying with the people to God before they finally informed the crowd she had gone back to the statue. This night the stewards said afterwards that it was the largest crowd to date and that within the Grotto and out on the road some of the crowd were hostile.