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-0026 CO-KNVL-0026
ELIZABETH
TIMOTHY
REARDON
REARDON
CO-KNVL-0027 CO-KNVL-0027
REV JAMES
WILLIAM
JOHN
JEREMIAH
HEALY
HEALY
HEALY
CALLAHAN
CO-KNVL-0028 CO-KNVL-0028
REV PATRICK J
JEREMIAH
JOHN
NORA
O'SULLIVAN
O'SULLIVAN
O'SULLIVAN
O'SULLIVAN
CO-KNVL-0029 CO-KNVL-0029
CO-KNVL-0030 CO-KNVL-0030 CORNELIUS D----NNAHY
CO-KNVL-0031 CO-KNVL-0031
CO-KNVL-0032 CO-KNVL-0032
Michael
John
Cornelius
Ryan
Ryan
Ryan
CO-KNVL-0033 CO-KNVL-0033 Michael Ryan
CO-KNVL-0034 CO-KNVL-0034
John
Honora
John
Keating
Keating
Keating
CO-KNVL-0035 CO-KNVL-0035 Denis Morphy
CO-KNVL-0036 CO-KNVL-0036
William
William
Mahon (Y?)
CO-KNVL-0037 CO-KNVL-0037 Dannell Desmond
CO-KNVL-0038 CO-KNVL-0038 Charles Dinneen
CO-KNVL-0039 CO-KNVL-0039
Jeremiah
Catherine
O'Connor
O'Connor (nee Falvey)
CO-KNVL-0040 CO-KNVL-0040
Mary
Michael
Dolly
O'Brien
O'Brien
O'Brien
CO-KNVL-0041 CO-KNVL-0041
DANIEL
THOMAS
CONNOR
CONNOR
CO-KNVL-0042 CO-KNVL-0042
ELLEN
DENIS
O CONNOR
O CONNOR
CO-KNVL-0043 CO-KNVL-0043 PATRICK DESMOND
CO-KNVL-0044 CO-KNVL-0044
CHARLIE
MAGGIE
MARGARET
CULLINANE
CULLINANE
CULLINANE
CO-KNVL-0045 CO-KNVL-0045
JOHN
THOMAS
MAGNER
MAGNER
CO-KNVL-0046 CO-KNVL-0046
PATRICK
MARY ANNE
MAGNER
MAGNER
CO-KNVL-0047 CO-KNVL-0047 REV. PATRICK J. MAGNER C.C.
CO-KNVL-0048 CO-KNVL-0048 REV. JOHN MAGNER C.C.
CO-KNVL-0049 CO-KNVL-0049
JOHN
CATHERINE
MAGNER
MAGNER
CO-KNVL-0050 CO-KNVL-0050 JOHN MAGNER