Watching Ireland at the WC, you get a feeling that there is genuine potential for them to become a genuinely decent team in world cricket.
Even one of the English team is actually Irish, Ireland would be even stronger if he played for them instead of England.
Raising the standard of the Associate nations is always a problem. The skills gap between the haves and have nots is huge.
But in Ireland, and to a lesser extent Holland, you get the feeling that there is a genuine chance that with intensive help & development funding from the ICC they could improve and join the big cricket nations just like Sri Lanka & Bangladesh did.
Ireland is next to England, and possibly could be gradually integrated into their 1st class setup, if they are not already. It would not be a difficult thing to do. As I said before, there are similar opportunities with Holland.