Knockavilla

Knockavilla
Graveyard name: 
Knockavilla
Graveyard Code: 
CO-KNVL
RMP/Site number: 
CO085-054001-

Location

Crossbarry, Cork
Ireland
51° 49' 0.7356" N, 8° 40' 47.6364" W
Townland: 
Kill
Number of Memorials: 
145
Terrain: 
Hilly moderate
Enclosure: 
Stone wall
Gateway: 
Iron Gate
Notes: 

Rectangular graveyard containing the fragmentary ruins of Knockavilla parish church (CO085-054002-). Also known as Knockabilly or Knockavilly. A local tradition attributes special significance to the grave of Rev Patrick Murphy (d. 1835) where rounds were paid in the past.

The oldest history of the church goes back as far as 1291 when it was taxed at ten marks in the taxation roll of Pope Nicholas  and it seems there was an even older church on the site that the present one is occupying (Hartnett 1939). From mid seventeenth century, the church fell into disrepair.

W.L Beaufort gave Joseph Garde thirteen acres, twelve roods and thirty perches of Glebe lands of Knockavilla in exchange for nineteen acres of lands at Raheen., which “lying near the site of the old ruined church are more suitable for any new church or glebe house which may hereafter be built”, while William Brady, in his parish records in 1832, refers to an old ruined church.

Hartnett did a survey of antiquities and included this church where he gave measurements of 65ft by 32ft. He concluded that the masonry consisted of undressed stone, in irregular courses with a little lime mortar. In the east wall, a ruined arched window. The Eastern and Western extremities of the South wall remains to a height of a few feet. The line of the West wall is encroached on by burials, while that to the North is razed to the ground.

The Grave of Rev. Patrick Murphy, P.P of Murragh who died in 1835 is the source of a local tradition. Apparently rounds were paid there by people seeking a cure for certain ailments e.g. Rheumatism, toothaches and neuralagia. Visits were made on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Earth from the grave was mixed with water and the mixture is applied to the affected part. The visitor then made the sign of the cross on the headstone. This is no longer practised and no locals remember it ever been practised.

A visual representation of the frequency of surnames: 

Data source: 

Survey documents

Graves

Photo Grave Name Surname
CO-KNVL-0001 CO-KNVL-0001 Maurice O'Leary
CO-KNVL-0002 CO-KNVL-0002 ANNIE HORGAN
CO-KNVL-0003 CO-KNVL-0003 Martin Brennan
CO-KNVL-0004 CO-KNVL-0004
Daniel
Thomas
William
Mary Ellen
Thomas
Murphy NT
Murphy NT
Murphy
Murphy
Murphy
CO-KNVL-0005 CO-KNVL-0005
MICHAEL
ELIZABETH
CRONIN
CRONIN, NEE TWOMEY
CO-KNVL-0006 CO-KNVL-0006
CO-KNVL-0007 CO-KNVL-0007
DANIEL
VERY REV DEAN
DOYLE
DOYLE, VF
CO-KNVL-0008 CO-KNVL-0008 CORNELIUS COLLINS
CO-KNVL-0009 CO-KNVL-0009
Owen
John
Riordan
Riordan
CO-KNVL-0010 CO-KNVL-0010
Dan
Charles
Cornelius
Johanna
O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan
CO-KNVL-0011 CO-KNVL-0011
Timothy
Jeremiah
Thomas
Sullivan
Sullivan
Sullivan
CO-KNVL-0012 CO-KNVL-0012 JEREMIAH SULLIVAN
CO-KNVL-0013 CO-KNVL-0013
JEREMIAH
TIMOTHY
JAMES
O'SULLIVAN
O'SULLIVAN
O'SULLIVAN
CO-KNVL-0014 CO-KNVL-0014 John Murphy
CO-KNVL-0015 CO-KNVL-0015
Jeremiah
JEREMIAH
ELLEN
JOHN
Murrphy
MURPHY
MURPHY
MURPHY
CO-KNVL-0016 CO-KNVL-0016 Rev. Patrick P.P. Murphy
CO-KNVL-0017 CO-KNVL-0017
John
Margaret
Murphy
Murphy
CO-KNVL-0018 CO-KNVL-0018
Michael
Mary
Michael
Thomas
Thomas
Murphy Ban
Murphy
Murphy
Murphy
Irwin
CO-KNVL-0019 CO-KNVL-0019
Mary
Patrick
Patrick
Margaret
ANNE
BRIDGET
ELLEN
HANNAH
MARY
Murphy
Murphy
Murphy Snr
Murphy
MURPHY
MURPHY
MURPHY
MURPHY
O'RIORDAN
CO-KNVL-0020 CO-KNVL-0020
JOHN PATRICK
ANNIE
PATRICK JOHN
EDWARD
MURPHY
MURPHY
MURPHY
MURPHY
CO-KNVL-0021 CO-KNVL-0021
John
Tim
Morphy
Morphy
CO-KNVL-0022 CO-KNVL-0022 John McSwiney
CO-KNVL-0023 CO-KNVL-0023
Michael
Mary
Horgan
Horgan
CO-KNVL-0024 CO-KNVL-0024 Timothy Calla(?n)an
CO-KNVL-0025 CO-KNVL-0025 DARBY MORPHY