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Irish business guru wrecks car on US book-promo trip

Irish entrepreneur Niall Harbison had a lucky escape after he crashed his car on a road trip in America.

The 33-year-old entrepreneur was driving from Washington to Miami when the accident occurred.

"Yesterday, we had the misfortune to total our car, badly.

"We were very lucky to get out of it alive, nevermind to not have a scratch on us," said the young Dublin businessman.

Mr Harbison is in America to promote his best-selling book Get Sh!t Done.

He was travelling down to the south of the country and made it to Miami despite the crash.

"I've never been in a car crash before and it is seriously scary, I have to say.

"Classic 'life flashing in front of your eyes' stuff," he said.

The front windscreen of the car was shattered and the front of the vehicle was heavily smashed in.

It ended up coming off the highway and mounting a grass hard-shoulder before crashing into a ditch.

"We swapped cars, drove the last 300 miles to Miami at a snail's pace, and the boys had a few well-deserved beers last night. Quite the day," he said.

Mr Harbison is in America for two weeks on a spontaneous road trip to get his book into the bestsellers list in the US.

His no-holes-barred book charts his rise from chef to millionaire. He went from cooking on the yachts of the world's super rich to setting up his own media consultancy company.

The memoir tells how he created a social media company in a spare room in an apartment in Sandyford before selling it for millions of euro a thousand days later.

The author and businessman will head for Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Boston before ending up in New York.

Yesterday, he appeared on the main radio station in Florida, WBGG FM, promoting his memoir.

The 33-year-old entrepreneur also spoke of his own challenges with depression and alcoholism in the book and reflected on the passing of Robin Williams on his Twitter account, saying depression is just like any other illness.

jfegan@herald.ie


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