Galway is a city in Ireland. It is located in the West Region and is also part of the province of Connacht. Galway City Council is the local authority for the city. It is located on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay and is surrounded by County Galway. It is the third most populous city in the State. The city takes its name from the Gaillimh river (River Corrib) that formed the western boundary of the earliest settlement, which was called Dn Bhun na Gaillimhe ('Fort at the mouth of the Gaillimh'). The word Gaillimh means 'stony' as in 'stony river' (the mythical and alternative derivations are given in History of Galway). Historically, the name was written as Gallive, which is closer to the Irish pronunciation.