the example URI for the camel-irc component (see http://camel.apache.org/irc.html) does not work. Further, the current URI parsing code is flawed and subject to NPE's.
In IrcConfiguration.configure(URI uri) (see https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/camel/branches/camel-1.x/components/camel-irc/src/main/java/org/apache/camel/component/irc/IrcConfiguration.java) the code attempts to parse a channel name as a path. Because the '#' char is a fragment marker in a URI, the path (in the documented example) is zero length.
The following URI works with the current code implementation (note the required '//' and html-escaped '#' char):