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-0051 CO-KNVL-0051 TIMOTHY MURPHY
CO-KNVL-0052 CO-KNVL-0052
Margaret
Hannah
Crowley
CO-KNVL-0053 CO-KNVL-0053
Owen
Charles
M Carthy
CO-KNVL-0054 CO-KNVL-0054
DanL
Mary
Haley
Haley
CO-KNVL-0055 CO-KNVL-0055
MARY
MARY
DOLLY
O'CONNOR
KELLEHER
MCCARTHY
CO-KNVL-0056 CO-KNVL-0056
Thimoty
Timohy
Toohig
Toohig (Senior)
CO-KNVL-0057 CO-KNVL-0057 NEAL CALLAHOIN
CO-KNVL-0058 CO-KNVL-0058 WILLIAM CALLAGHAN
CO-KNVL-0059 CO-KNVL-0059
John
Darmod
Callallan
Callallan
CO-KNVL-0060 CO-KNVL-0060 Daniel Cullinane
CO-KNVL-0061 CO-KNVL-0061 Mary O'Connor
CO-KNVL-0062 CO-KNVL-0062
David
Timothy
David
Fenn
CO-KNVL-0063 CO-KNVL-0063
Timothy
Jeremy
McCarth
CO-KNVL-0064 CO-KNVL-0064
JerM
David
Elenor
Lane
Lane
Lane
CO-KNVL-0065 CO-KNVL-0065 Darby Sullivan
CO-KNVL-0066 CO-KNVL-0066
Hannah
John
Eileen (Sr Bernadine)
Pat
Desmond
Desmond
Desmond
Desmond
CO-KNVL-0067 CO-KNVL-0067 James Desmond
CO-KNVL-0068 CO-KNVL-0068 Margaret Desmond
CO-KNVL-0069 CO-KNVL-0069
Johanna
Timothy
Johanna
Desmond
Desmond
Desmond
CO-KNVL-0070 CO-KNVL-0070
Jeremiah
Hanora
Jeremiah
Desmond
Desmond
Desmond
CO-KNVL-0071 CO-KNVL-0071
JOHN
ELIZABETH
HUMPHREY
ELLEN
CATHERINE
DESMOND
DESMOND
DESMOND
DESMOND
GOGGIN
CO-KNVL-0072 CO-KNVL-0072
CO-KNVL-0073 CO-KNVL-0073
HANORA
JOHANNAH
LANE
LANE
CO-KNVL-0074 CO-KNVL-0074
JOHN
JERH.
TIMOTHY
STEPHEN
RIORDAN
RIORDAN
RIORDAN
RIORDAN
CO-KNVL-0075 CO-KNVL-0075
MARY
THO'
LANE
LANE