Anne Hailes, writing about old sayings and traditions in the Irish Times, tells of her own experience as a suffering from whooping cough:
[…] when they were little, my mother and her sister were taken to the gas works and dangled over the fumes from the burning coke.
“Old sayings and traditions for the new year”, Irish Times, 2nd January, 2023
Another excellent source of supposed cures for various illnesses is the Schools’ Manuscript Collection. In 1937, pupils of Irish national (primary) schools were asked to collect folklore from older people in their localities. These original manuscripts are now archived in the National Folklore Collection.
This example came from Kildraught National School, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, under the heading “Whooping Cough”:
Keep the child near a gas works. (Miss Hamilton, Celbridge heard from mother.)