if you want to use IRC to chat with your friends on breadpunk, but don't want to ssh in to the server every time, you can set up a magic tunnel.
all you have to do is run this command on your own computer:
ssh -N email@example.com -L localhost:6667:localhost:6667 &
user with your breadpunk username
and the first
6667 with the port you want to listen on.
then, in your IRC client, create a new server with that port and connect to it. in weechat, you'd do this:
/server add breadpunk localhost/6667 -autoconnect /connect breadpunk