Liam, 64, appeared as Priest Vallon in Martin Scorsese's 2002 historical crime drama Gangs of New York, a role which saw him wield the cross in a scene which saw Irish-American gang The Dead Rabbits take on their rivals The Natives in a bloody street battle.

And when the star visited a popular New York Irish bar named after the real-life gang, The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, he presented the prop as a gift for its proprietors.

Bosses at the Dead Rabbit posted a picture on Facebook of Liam handing over the cross while settling down for a drink, which they captioned, "Remember the big celtic (sic) cross that Liam Neeson carried with him in Gangs of New York? Well the coolest thing happened last night..."

The picture appeared alongside a still from the movie, which showed the actor in character as Priest Vallon carrying the cross.

Priest Vallon is killed in the bloody early battle by Daniel Day-Lewis' character William 'Bill the Butcher' Cutting', causing the Priest's son Amsterdam, played by Leonardo Dicaprio, to vow to avenge his father.

Despite gaining ten nominations at the 2003 Academy Awards, Gangs of New York failed to win in any category, with Daniel snubbed in the Best Actor category, Scorsese falling short of a Best Director win, and the movie overlooked in the Best Picture category.

Bosses at the Dead Rabbit bar however have had more luck with winning prizes since it opened its doors in 2013.

Last year (15), it was named as the World’s Best Bar by the organisers of U.S. drinks festival Tales of the Cocktail, who also handed the bar an award for World’s Best Cocktail Menu.