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Galway's walls were originally built by Walter de Burgo in 1270, using money he gained from a mural charter. The town’s new main defence was a battlemented curtain wall, 1,325m in length. The walls had five gates: 3 main gates and 2 quay gates which granted controlled access into the town. There were at least 5 towers built into Galway’s walls which were connected by a narrow wall walk. The walled city of Galway encloses almost 11 hectares of land, which makes it considerably smaller than many comparable Irish walled settlements.