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The town of Athy was part of the initial settlement of Anglo-Normans in Ireland. Its location on the boundary of native Irish and Anglo-Norman territories meant it suffered greatly from Irish attack. During the 1300s the town was burned down four times by the O’Moores of Laois. Due to this devastation money was quickly granted for the construction of protective walls and repair of the town defences in the 1400s. These defences were improved upon during the 1500s.