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Rewind Back to August 19, 2013

Cash Rains Down from Skies at Irish Eyes

Some luck of the Irish was bestowed on Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant in Lewes on Aug. 17, 2013 when a helicopter hovered over the gravel parking lot dropping cash.

Irish Eyes server Tina Chaippini saw people running toward the helicopter and returning with fistfuls of money.

Server Billy Anderson said it was a busy Saturday afternoon, and he noticed customers pointing at the sky. “I’m hearing, ‘Crash, crash.’ What they’re saying is, ‘Cash, cash,’” Anderson said.

Del Walsh, son of Angler’s Marina owner James B. Walsh, said Leonard Maull was behind the stunt. Maull, who died about a year ago, owned a home in Lewes and operated Henlopen Bait and Tackle on Savannah Road.

Maull’s trustee, Rehoboth Beach certified public accountant Bill Berry, said Maull left the request in his trust. According to Berry, Maull ordered $10,000 in equal denominations of $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills be dropped from an airplane flying over the marina one year after his death on a Saturday during the summer.

Food-runner Mark Tappan said, “I was eating chicken wings and watching money fall from the clouds.”

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