The last time we were in Ireland (March 2010), my family could take the car while traveling the country, and about 3:00 PM we'd start looking for a B&B or hotel to stay in whichever location we found ourselves. There was no shortage of options for lodging. With very few exceptions, we got our first choice when calling around for accommodations. This coming April, my wife and I will again be touring the country. We have been advised that there are possible impacts to available lodging due to Ireland accepting Ukrainian refugees. Recent articles in the Irish Times also indicated an impact due to the refugees. We wholeheartedly agree with the Irish policy for lodging these unfortunate souls throughout the country, though coming from 5,000 miles away, it's difficult to determine if the shortage is real or "imagined-to-be" .
Is there now any difficulty finding lodging (especially in the West) on short notice? Are B&B's affected more than hotels, or is it a toss-up?