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-0076 CO-KNVL-0076
MRS. MARY
THOMAS
LANE
LANE
CO-KNVL-0077 CO-KNVL-0077
PATRICK
ELLEN
MEHIGAN
MEHIGAN
CO-KNVL-0078 CO-KNVL-0078
CO-KNVL-0079 CO-KNVL-0079
TIMOTHY
ELLEN
COAKLEY
COAKLEY
CO-KNVL-0080 CO-KNVL-0080
DAR RI?OD
JOHN
DILLANEY
DILLANEY
CO-KNVL-0081 CO-KNVL-0081 Jere Cearugan
CO-KNVL-0082 CO-KNVL-0082
CO-KNVL-0083 CO-KNVL-0083
Daniel
Dennis
William
Patrick
Twomey
Twomey
Twomey
Twomey
CO-KNVL-0084 CO-KNVL-0084
Cornelius
Mary
Mahony
Mahony
CO-KNVL-0085 CO-KNVL-0085 John Lane
CO-KNVL-0086 CO-KNVL-0086 Lane
CO-KNVL-0087 CO-KNVL-0087
Julia
Hannah
Ellen
Daly
CO-KNVL-0088 CO-KNVL-0088
Margaret
Jeremiah
O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan
CO-KNVL-0089 CO-KNVL-0089
Humphry
Catherine
Jeremiah
Sheean
CO-KNVL-0090 CO-KNVL-0090
John
Maurice
Hawks
Hawks
CO-KNVL-0091 CO-KNVL-0091
Mary
George
Jerry
Lynch nee Hawkes
Lynch
Lynch
CO-KNVL-0092 CO-KNVL-0092
CO-KNVL-0093 CO-KNVL-0093
Timothy
Thomas
Lane
Lane
CO-KNVL-0094 CO-KNVL-0094 Fenton?
CO-KNVL-0095 CO-KNVL-0095 Denis Fenton
CO-KNVL-0096 CO-KNVL-0096
Mary
Bat
Hurley
Hurley
CO-KNVL-0097 CO-KNVL-0097 Jeremiah Dinnahy
CO-KNVL-0098 CO-KNVL-0098
CO-KNVL-0099 CO-KNVL-0099
Jeremiah
Denis
Jeremiah
Mahony
Mahony
Mahony
CO-KNVL-0100 CO-KNVL-0100 Bridget Duggan