Ireland flags are often called the Irish Tricolor and are depicted with the colors of green, white and orange. The green signifies the Gaelic tradition of Ireland while orange denotes the followers of William of Orange who defeated his uncle and father-in-law King James II (England, Ireland and Scotland). The white symbolizes the hope of peace between the groups. The flags made its first appearance as a gift to Thomas Francis Meagher from French women sympathetic to the Irish cause in 1848. The flag was adopted in 1916 by the Easter Rising Rebels and then by the Irish Republic during the Irish War of Independence. The flag is intended to symbolize the inclusion and hoped for union of all people of Ireland from different traditions.