Please browse through some images from the Kildare, Carlow and Laois area in Ireland. All of the photos on this site were captured by the international award winning photographer James Mahon. James is a native of Athy in Co. Kildare and has lived there all his life. More of his images can be accessed at www.mahonphotos.com.
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A man walks away from an old abandoned cottage in Mullaghcreelan Woods. The woods are located close to Kilkea Castle on the Athy to Castledermot road.


A competitor in the cycling leg of the TriAthy Triathlon. The triathlon is held anually on the first weekend in June. This particular shot was taken at Grangemellon on the Athy to Carlow Road



The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland’s No. 85 Merlin Steam Locomotive at Athy Railway station. The locomotive was built in 1932 and operated by the Great Northern Railway (Ireland). It retired from active duty in 1963. It was acquired on loan by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland in 1977.



People strolling and enjoying the autumn sunshine on the River Barrow pathway at Rathstewart Athy.


This was one of the iconic businesses of Athy. The late John Baptist Maher, known as Bapty, ran a bar and undertaking business from this Leinster Street premises. It has been closed for may years and has unfortunately become an eyesore on the main street of the town.


The Rock of Dunamase is a rocky outcrop located in Co Laois. The rock looks down on a flat plain and has the ruins of Dunamase Castle, a defensive stronghold dating from the early Hiberno-Norman period with a view across to the Slieve Bloom Mountains.


Tuesday is market day in Athy. From early on a Tuesday morning traders descend on Emily Square and the Back Square to set up their stalls. Everything from the proverbial needle to an anchor can be found for sale.




The River Barrow and the Grand Canal flow through Athy. Both have been very important in the development of the town. In former times they were important in the transport of goods. Currently they attract boat owners for pleasure cruising.


The fertile land around Athy is ideal for tillage farming. In the past number of years with changes in farming practice "new crops" such as Oilseed Raoe has become more common
The fertile land around Athy is ideal for tillage farming. In the past number of years with changes in farming practice “new crops” such as Oil Seed Rape have become more common


Snow fall is fairly rare around Athy. December 2010 was an exception. Extended periods of sub zero temperature meant that snow remained around for weeks. The image shows 200 year old Beech trees covered in snow


A bridge on the River Barrow in the townland of Bert north of Athy. Bert Bridge is located very close to a part of the river which was very popular as a swimming site in the past. The swimming area was known as Sandy Bottoms


Blacksmith John Forkin working at his anvil at his Forge at Bert Cross, Athy


Brownshill Dolmen is a megalithic portal tomb situated 3 km east of Carlow town,. The capstone at Brownshill, is estimated 100 ton, making it the heaviest in Europe


Larry O’Brien acting as a safety steward during the swimming leg of TriAthy on the River Barrow

A very ornate and striking Celtic Cross located in Old St. Michael’s Graveyard in Athy


Christmas lights and decorations on trees in Emily Square in Athy. In the background is the imposing Town Hall which houses the Athy Museum and Ernest Shackleton collection.


The view from the River Barrow in Athy. The reb brick building and spire in the background is St. Michael’s Parish Church (Roman Catholic)


As a visitor to the Athy leaves the local train station this is the scene which will greet them. The road is known as Church Road and leads directly on to Leinster Street. The stone wall on the left is the boundary of the People’s Park.