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One of the first structures built in Loughrea was the Anglo-Norman de Burgo castle. The de Burgo’s were a powerful family in Connaught and building castles was in their blood. This castle may have been Loughrea’s earliest form of defence before the walls were constructed. There appears to be no known records of murages for Loughrea’s walls. According to historical sources the town was partially protected by some form of wall, which was “well ditched” in 1574. However, this town wall was not completed until the Tudor era (1485-1603).