Cork take the Munster title while armed robbers take £25,000 cash from Semple Stadium.

It was hard to separate Cork and Clare in this Munster Hurling Final. Then a moment of madness just on half time when Clare full-back Jim Power head butted Cork forward Ray Cummins. Referee Noel Dalton sent the Clare man off. Although there was only two points between the teams at that stage, Cork 3-05 Clare 2-06, Clare never recovered from being reduced to 14 men.

Cork raced into a lead with a goal from a penalty after Ray Cummins was pulled down after just 30 seconds. Clare responded with goals from Enda O'Connor and Noel Casey. Ray Cummins and Jimmy Barry Murphy found the net for Cork. When the sending off happened the resulting Charlie McCarthy free put Cork two points ahead at the break.

Unknown to most in the 44,000 attendance, armed thieves were making off with £25,000 from the gate receipts shortly into the second half. The drama on the pitch did not live up to the first half. Cork used their extra man and created a gap which Clare could not close despite scoring two further goals.

The final score was Cork 4-15 Clare 4-10.

The Munster Hurling Final was broadcast on 10 July 1977. The commentator is Mick Dunne.