Please make sure you reply to the list as well, so others have a chance to help you out. I'm a lirc newbie myself.
On Mon, 2009-02-23 at 19:11 -0500, Justin Tussey wrote:
I ran the setup. Selected 'Mac Mini USB IR remote' as it was the
closest selection to what I have. I selected none for IR blaster. Then
it reloaded the daemon. I typed irw to test it.
connect: Connection refused
Try doing "sudo irw" and see what that gives you, then we can go from there.