No. IRDA and infrared remotes operate on different frequencies.
Would I be able to use a normal Universal remote with this IRDA reciever to control applications on my PC via Girder?
1- IrDA and consumer remote don't use the same frequency
2- IrDA and girder don't go well together
you better build your own IR receiver.
give a look at this guide
and more precisely the section about building the receiver
hope that helps.
IRAssistant supports IRda recievers. I am using it with a Jeteye reciever and a General Instrument universal remote. It's fussy to get working, but not impossible. Plus my reciever was only 9 bucks CAD.