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-0101 CO-KNVL-0101
DANIEL
MARY ANN
TIMOTHY
ELLEN
O'CONNELL
O'CONNELL
O'CONNELL
O'CONNELL
CO-KNVL-0102 CO-KNVL-0102
TIMOTHY
MARY
O'CONNELL
O'CONNELL
CO-KNVL-0103 CO-KNVL-0103 Timothy O'Connell
CO-KNVL-0104 CO-KNVL-0104
CO-KNVL-0105 CO-KNVL-0105
Denis
Timothy
Louney
Louney
CO-KNVL-0106 CO-KNVL-0106
Dennis
Michael
Mary
Corkery
Corkery
CO-KNVL-0107 CO-KNVL-0107
CO-KNVL-0108 CO-KNVL-0108
Daniel
Johanna
Cornelius
Abina
Judy
Timothy
Michael
O'Connell
O'Connell
O'Connell
O'Connell
O'Connell
O'Connell
O'Connell
CO-KNVL-0109 CO-KNVL-0109
Cornelius
Catherine
Connell
Connell
CO-KNVL-0110 CO-KNVL-0110
Patrick
Julia
Mary
Nora
Margaret
Coughlan
CO-KNVL-0111 CO-KNVL-0111
CO-KNVL-0112 CO-KNVL-0112
John
Hannah
Denis
O'Connell
CO-KNVL-0113 CO-KNVL-0113
John
Catherine
Timothy
Julia
John
Patrick
Mary
O'Connell
O'Connell
O'Connell
O'Connell
O'Connell
CO-KNVL-0114 CO-KNVL-0114
Ellen
Dinish
Murphey
Mahoney
CO-KNVL-0115 CO-KNVL-0115
Michael L.
Humphrey
Mary
Desmond
Desmond
CO-KNVL-0116 CO-KNVL-0116
John
Margaret
Mary Ellen
Rita
Charles
Julia
Daniel
Murphy
Murphy
Daly
Daly
Daly
Murphy
Murphy
CO-KNVL-0117 CO-KNVL-0117
Jeremiah
Ellen
Stephen
O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan
CO-KNVL-0118 CO-KNVL-0118
CO-KNVL-0119 CO-KNVL-0119
Philip
Margaret
Timothy
Kathleen
Denis
Timothy
Julia
Patrick
Mary
Holland
Holland
Holland
Holland
O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan
CO-KNVL-0120 CO-KNVL-0120
TIMOTHY
Margaret
Kathleen
Timothy
Holland
Holland
O'Sullivan
CO-KNVL-0121 CO-KNVL-0121
CO-KNVL-0122 CO-KNVL-0122
Margaret
John
Julia
Timothy
Julia
Mary
Margaret
Patrick Christopher
MURPHY
MURPHY
Murphy
Murphy
Murphy
CO-KNVL-0123 CO-KNVL-0123
CORNELIUS
Patrick
Jeremiah
Mary
Horgan
Horgan
Horgan
Horgan
CO-KNVL-0124 CO-KNVL-0124
Michael
Mrs Julia
O'Mahony
Kelly ( Nee O'Mahoney )
CO-KNVL-0125 CO-KNVL-0125
Owen
Nora
Jeremiah
Thomas B
McCarthy
McCarthy
McCarthy
Carbery