Once you get the hang of IRC you will find an IRC Client is much better to use. Here is some help setting up the most common ones
Setting up X-Chat is fairly straight forward. However it is important to note that if you are on Windows, you will need X-Chat-WDK which is open source and free.
Sadly, I don't use mIRC, and it isn't free so I cannot test out, however if someone uses mIRC they can write this in
I will assume you know how to configure this further, as you are probably pretty experienced in such matters