I have done a bit of searching, but could not find either of the things you requested. I will keep looking for more information on using different character sets and Irssi.pm, and will post anything I find that is good quality.
Anyhow, I did find a new link to a "Perl Scripting Reference" for irsii, and added it to the Tut.
Thanks for the input,
Re^2: RFC: Tutorial - IRC Programming In Perl