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-0126 CO-KNVL-0126
John
Catherine
JOHN
Helena
Moynihan
Moynihan
Moynihan
CO-KNVL-0127 CO-KNVL-0127
Ellen
John
Moynihan
Moynihan
CO-KNVL-0128 CO-KNVL-0128
Jerry
Mary
Moynihan
CO-KNVL-0129 CO-KNVL-0129 O'Mahony Family
CO-KNVL-0130 CO-KNVL-0130 Denis Dowling
CO-KNVL-0131 CO-KNVL-0131
John
Pat
Redmond
Redmond
Mary
Walsh
Walsh
Walsh
Walsh
Walsh
CO-KNVL-0132 CO-KNVL-0132
John
Ellen
Mary
Julia
Mary
Ellen
Dooling
Dooling
Dooling
Dooling
Dooling
CO-KNVL-0133 CO-KNVL-0133
Timothy
Margaret
Robinson
Robinson
CO-KNVL-0134 CO-KNVL-0134 Michael O'Callaghan
CO-KNVL-0135 CO-KNVL-0135 Mary ( Nana ) Murphy
CO-KNVL-0136 CO-KNVL-0136 Patrick Owen Riordan
CO-KNVL-0137 CO-KNVL-0137
Frank
Paddy
McCarthy
McCarthy
CO-KNVL-0138 CO-KNVL-0138
Jeremiah
Elizabeth
Coakley
Coakley
CO-KNVL-0139 CO-KNVL-0139
Kathleen
Catherine
Nora
Hannah
Timothy
Kathleen
Hurley ( nee Mackey )
Desmond
Mackey
Desmond
Mackey
Mackey
CO-KNVL-0140 CO-KNVL-0140
William
Catherine
Hawkes
Hawkes
CO-KNVL-0141 CO-KNVL-0141
William
Ellen
Hawkes
Hawkes ( nee Coakley )
CO-KNVL-0142 CO-KNVL-0142
Oliver
Hannah Maria
Patrick
Mary
Michael
Margaret
Hawkes
Hawkes
Hawkes
Hawkes ( Née Kelleher )
(Née Walsh )
CO-KNVL-0143 CO-KNVL-0143 William Hawkes
CO-KNVL-0144 CO-KNVL-0144
William
Michael
Jeremiah
Mary
Timothy
William
Julia
Catherine
Hawkes
Hawkes
Hawkes
Hawkes
Hawkes
Hawkes
Hawkes
CO-KNVL-0145 CO-KNVL-0145
Jeremiah
Tom
James
Tom
Katherine ( Kitty )
Collins
Collins
Collins
Collins
Collins